La Bohème
Until 12 Mar 2017

Review by Kylie Pedler

Written and performed by Priscilla Armstrong and loosely based around some of the characters from the “Cabaret” musical, “Goodbye to Berlin” is a tribute to the Cabaret era and the famous Sally Bowles.

Set in Berlin during the Nazi rule of pre-world war two, when Jews and artists were being persecuted and Cabarets and clubs were closing down, Sally Bowles is holding on for one last Cabaret performance in the hope to gather some money to help her make her way to Paris.

Hidden in the depths of the city, this secret Cabaret is an opportunity to leave your troubles outside, however this production has some of its own misfortunes. Armstrong sings some well-known Cabaret favourites: “Wilkommen”, “Mein Herr”, “Money”, and “Cabaret”; but unfortunately the inconsistent microphone use is distracting. Armstrong needs to decide if she is using a microphone for each song or not and take care with her diction. Also, the varying accents and constant change of jacket and hat feel awkward and unnecessary.

As with many cabaret shows, this one includes some carefully interwoven monologues, audience interaction and songs. Armstrong moves vivaciously around the stage, confidently kicking up her heels and sprawling over a chair and has a good sense of the Berlin “Cabaret” style movements.

If you’re interested in “A what happened to Sally Bowles?” possibility, see this show.

Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 5)