Saturday, 1 April 2017

Melbourne Comedy Festival: Geraldine Quinn - Fox Poncing

Geraldine Quinn is Fox Poncing
Geraldine Quinn is a local legend, rock star, cabaret goddess and this fox is here to ponce for you in her Green Room-nominated show.

Even after a decade on stages all over the world, this new show lays in a question about whether Quinn has made the right choices in her career and life. The show is not super serious, though; the singing and three-piece band rock too much for Fox Poncing to feel actually contemplative.

Quinn’s song-writing prowess is easily matched with the name-checked Tim Minchin, whose talents weren’t really noticed until he went overseas. And she’s a vocal chameleon, jumping from high octane rock-and-roll and then slowing down for a tribute to the kind of self-reflection you might hear on Triple J Unearthed.

It’s amazing to me that she hasn’t been cast in a musical somewhere along the way, but in the meantime, she’s written a great “musical theatre” song where she can over-enunciate lyrics while deploying emphatic choreography to full effect.

One small issue with the performance on Thursday night, the sound mix was a little off – the great band seems to drown out Quinn’s singing somewhat and I only caught half of her brilliant lyrics. The energy on stage and in the audience kept the show entertaining, even though I was missing bits.

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