Queen's Theatre
Until 04 Mar 2018

Review by Brian Godfrey

Brisbane based Indelabilityarts is an inclusive professional theatre company set up to provide artistic opportunities for artists and community members who identify as having a disability. Hence the title of their current Fringe show and the cleverness of the double meaning of ‘legless’.

It is Karaoke Night at the Legless Bar in beautiful downtown Adelaide. Madeleine Little is our hostess, Karen Roberts is the Bar Maid, Michel Labosse the hopeful Blind Dater and David Waldie is the current, long-reigning Karaoke champ. All these performers have disabilities of some kind or another and set about proving that they are entitled to throw away that debilitating label of “disabled”. Most of them have composed their own songs with Roberts proving once again that she has a beautiful voice and knows how to write; whilst Little also impresses with her own powerhouse composition.

Opening Night started 15 minutes late due to technical difficulties which unfortunately continued into the performance. Little did her best to keep the ball rolling though and her banter and teamwork with Roberts worked well.

Hopefully the technical glitches have been fixed, but even so there are bits of the production that just don’t seem to gel as well as others. But the main message – that having a disability doesn’t preclude one from society - comes across quite strong and clear, and I suppose that in the end, that’s all that matters.

So go eat some pretzels, join in the Nivea (sorry – Trivia) Quiz and have fun.

Rating: 2.5 stars (out of 5)