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The A Club
Until 17 Feb 2019

Review by Talia Gaertner-Jones

Presented at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival

Aurelie Roque takes the audience on a journey of self-discovery down the yellow brick road, from Kansas in the USA all the way down under to Brisbane, Australia. Accompanied by Luke Volker on keyboard, Roque sings her way through her life introducing the audience to the various Wizard of Oz characters that she meets along the way.

Roque and Volker’s voices blend beautifully together and from their opening song together you will be hooked. From finding her husband ‘Toto/Tinman’, to meeting ‘The Wizard’, her therapist and letting her strong guiding ‘Glinda’s’ (her mother, aunty and two grandmothers) help lead her down the path, Roque had the audience laughing along and at times even shedding a tear. Her song about her Tinman was full of raw emotion.

The only criticism I would have would be for the A Club venue staff. There were some incredibly rude audience members who spoke (loudly) throughout the performance, got up multiple times walking back and forth from their table to the outside beer garden, and then left before the end of the show calling out to Roque ‘thanks for a good night’. Please respect the artists performing at your venue to ask such rude audience members to leave, because not only is it distracting to the audience members who are there to see a show, but it also distracts the performer on stage. Well done to both Roque and Volker for being the true professionals that they are and not letting this get in the way of their wonderful show.

Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)