Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Adelaide Festival Theatre
Until 17 Jun 2018

Review by Luke Wagner

When talent, passion and technology are combined, amazingly innovative experiences are created. The four talented musicians presenting “Them There Eyes” have done exactly that by combining incredible jazz songs with musical technology and looping.

Emma Pask (vocals), Adam Page (keys and looping), Tom Thumb (beatboxing and tech wizardy) and Jamie MacDowell (guitar and vocals) are each uniquely gifted musicians, and all step out of their comfort zones in this show. The audience enters to them casually listening to old records and chatting with the crowd, then they grab their gear and invite the audience along to their jam session. That is the feeling of the show, but the sound is out of this world.

The four performers each demonstrate their skills and all have moments to shine. Page has an incredible moment using an app where he takes soundbites from audience members then turns it into a song in front of our eyes. Pask delivers an incredible rendition of the shows titular song “Them There Eyes”. Her voice is incredible and soars throughout the festival theatre stage perfectly. Thumb is incredible with his technology, but his shining moment was his song dedicated to his late grandma, a touching moment highlighting his skills. MacDowell delivered a brilliant performance of “When I Fall In Love”, breathing a new and fresh feel into the Nat King Cole classic.

This show came across as four impassioned people having fun with their craft; it was more like watching a rehearsal, because the audience got to see moments being created. The musical instincts were on point creating a completely unique experience for the audience.

Worth facing a winter downpour to get into the Festival Theatre for this show.