Queen's Theatre
Until 28 Feb 2018

Review by Doug Phillips

Deborah Brennan plays the part of a fragile, vulnerable, and soft figure in this sweet story of self and life. But she’s not fooling anyone. It’s obvious to those watching that Deborah is a strong, tough, and talented soul.

And she knows she’s strong, at least I think so. I’m not sure if she knows that she’s tough as well, but tonight’s audience sure do. To live the story she weaves is one level of toughness. To get up on stage and tell/sing it to an audience, well, that’s a whole new level of tough.

Her voice is enchanting. Beautiful, strong, full of emotion, and used with mastery. So captivating is Deborah’s singing that at times it’s easy to overlook just how magnificently she completely owns the piano she’s playing.

The story is poignant. The message is lovely. Her story telling is sweet, and funny, and heartfelt. It’s a pleasure to witness Deborah’s performance, whether she’s talking, singing, or playing the piano.

With just a very short run of performances, I’m afraid it’s already to late to see “The Hummingbird Effect” at the Adelaide Fringe in 2018. I’m sure however, that lovers of the Adelaide Fringe will get another chance to see Deborah in coming years.

Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)