Until 14 Mar 2020

Review by Doug Phillips

Well, that’s it. Adelaide Fringe 2020 has peaked for me. “Leather Lungs: Yas Queen!” is the best act I’ve seen this year. Big call maybe? But if you’d seen the show (which I highly recommend you do) you’d know where I’m coming from.

Jason Chasland is a performer of extreme talent, with an incredible voice, and brilliant personality. The audience loved his show from the moment he opened his mouth (even the one idiot in front of me who thought that he should be the centre of attention instead).

It’s difficult to write a review about “Leather Lungs” without banging on about Chasland’s voice. Broad range, perfect tone, and power like you would not believe. In a venue the size of Gluttony’s ‘The Parlour’, Chasland needs no microphone. Yet his use of the mic was perfect.

The song choice was lively, and anyone who though they weren’t going to be singing along was soon proven wrong. The interwoven story Chasland threads between the songs is interesting, captivating, heart-warming, and even shocking at times.

The technical aspect of the show is very minimal, but even that was just right, with excellent lighting considering the size of the set-up.

Quite fittingly, the audience could not get out of their seats quick enough to give their standing ovation. Many audience members stuck around afterwards in the hope of meeting Chasland and offering him their congratulations.

I can’t express enough just how much I feel that everyone should get along and witness “Leather Lungs: Yas Queen!”. I might even get back and see it again. Easily my pick of the 2020 Adelaide Fringe.

Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5)