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2014 Feast Festival Review: "Georgia with a G", James Rudd, Glam Adelaide, Nov 2014


A cabaret show in a library? Who’d have thought?


On Friday night, the Mt Barker Community Library was transformed into a nightclub, albeit with a few more books lying around, for the arrival of South Australian cabaret star Georgia Darcy.


Darcy has been described as Liza Minelli and Edith Piaf rolled together into one fabulous, powerful package. Other titles include “One Perspective of the Source Energy of Creation,” but that’s a bit existential for the moment.


Anyway, Georgia Darcy is a powerhouse, seemingly popping out of nowhere (the relative obscurity of Victor Harbor). Her story is one that many could probably relate to, losing her sense of self after the age of seven and discovering it again at forty. Darcy escaped the rat race of life to enter the glitzy world of cabaret. She was inspired along the way by a series of crushes (on older women) and finally the love of her wife, Louise Lawson.


Darcy’s show, Georgia with a G, is a glamorous little shindig that is actually quite intimate. Throughout the show you not only get some pretty deep insights in Darcy’s life, love and dreams, but also get to enjoy her stories and songs as if she were performing them just to you. Darcy has an air of carefree charisma that makes her seem approachable and friendly, but she is also witty and confident, perfect for a cabaret gig.


Darcy was joined by her wife who appeared between acts in a little French maid outfit. She flustered about the stage in a hilarious comedy sketch involving underpants and a vacuum cleaner. While I’m no big fan of slapstick or physical comedy, somehow Lawson’s energetic (and maybe a little crude) gags made me laugh quite a bit.


While her show features the same line-up of almost worn-out cabaret songs, Darcy keeps things fresh with her uniquely queer take on things and fantastic sense of humour, for example, turning Mein Herr into Mein Claire. She has a great singing voice that may not be as developed as some of the more experienced cabaret artists out there, but she still manages to hit all the right notes and remain steady throughout the performance.


What makes her performance special however, is not her great singing, but her wit and storytelling ability. Each little interlude is much longer than the song preceding it, but I never really cared. It was incredibly interesting to get into Georgia with a G’s head, while also being on a side-splittingly funny ride to boot. She can be a little raunchy, yes, but that’s all part of the celebration. Georgia Darcy loves what she does and wants to share it with the world!


Georgia with a G is a hilarious show by some great local talent, proving that it doesn’t matter what type of venue it is held in, Darcy will rock it anyway.

2014 Adelaide Fringe Review: Georgia with a "G", Tim Lloyd, The Advertiser, Feb 2014


LIKE Liza with a Zee Minnelli, Georgia with a G Darcy lives somewhere in the land of permanent Cabaret musicals. The show is an unusual autobiographical adventure with smart jokes energetic song and dance numbers and restful interludes from Cecile, the mad cleaning lady, who appears to have been hired from a B&D website.


Georgia was seven when she fell in love with Liza and Cabaret and she explains that after a 40-year interlude she realised that singing Cabaret hits, Liza hits and a few intrusions from Charles Aznavour and Edith Piaf, were her permanent thing. She is glittering and has a good, cutting voice and she has made some neat modifications to the originals. Best of all is Matthew Carey on piano, making sure the show has class with a K.


Georgia ia a natural story teller and her cabaret show bursts with energy, humour and sexuality. She dances up a storm and her singing in French is sublime. I loved it!

Michael Griffiths, star of Jersey Boys, Australia, In Vogue and Sweet Dreams Cabaret

....very Weimar Cabaret...only one who has had life experience could deliver such a show

Mr Frank Ford, OAM, Founder Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Founding Chair Adelaide Fringe Festival

Georgia has only just discovered Cabaret, but Cabaret already knew Georgia

Matthew Carey, 2013, Musical Director, Musician, Founder Cabaret Summer School


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