Michelle Pearson Music
Until 14 Mar 2020

Review by Talia Gaertner-Jones

Firstly, Michelle Pearson has definitely found her market for cabaret shows, weaving in her personal life experiences with her love of cooking. I was lucky enough to see her previous Adelaide Fringe show ‘Comfort Food Cabaret’ back in 2017, so I was more than willing to put my hand up again for Pearson’s ‘Just Desserts’ – not only to witness her incredible vocal display, but also to taste whatever delicious dishes that she would be making. Her ability to cook and sing so well at the same time (without burning anything) is still very impressive!

Pearson’s show this year is quite different to her previous ones, as she has just returned to the performing scene only 6 weeks after giving birth to her son! Therefore, there were some aspects of the show that may need just a little bit of re-jigging to get the flow of the show to run smoothly, but overall it is a very enjoyable show.

Pearson’s opening number ‘If You Want It Come And Get It’ with her walking around the audience in what could only be described as a hoop skirt variation consisting of doughnuts and mini muffins for audience members to munch on while they settled in, was a perfect combination. She then went on to sing various food related songs, followed by a rendition of Shania Twain’s ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ that focused on the current world leaders, including Trump and our very own “ScoMo”. This seemed a little out of place coming from her previous introduction and then the songs to follow that were mostly about her life post baby.

One song worth a mention is The Foo Fighters ‘The Pretender’ which Pearson sang while riding an exercise bike. It was very powerful, followed by another ballad where Pearson questioned if she could love herself again while sifting through various items like maternity bras, maternity pads, breast pumps and self-help baby books. Woven throughout these moments, Pearson and her assistants brought out various food items for the audience like, cinnamon apple toffee lollypops, chocolate truffles and a final cupcake – and I will leave it up to you to discover its decorations!

A mention also needs to go to the Melting Moments band, lead by Kyrie Anderson on drums. The band did well on opening night, filling almost 20 minutes of time due to a late start (because of a Gluttony error!). FYI – if you’re looking for the venue, head over the hill and towards the food courts at the back and the venue is behind a pink curtain. A note to Gluttony – some venue signage wouldn’t hurt!

If you are looking for a show that is unique in more ways than one (or just to enjoy some delicious desserts), head over the hill in Gluttony and go and see this show!

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)