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What the Fandango? – Fringe World

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Singer Robert Hofmann and musician Cathie Travers unite for a multi-gendered, one-hour cabaret romp through South America and beyond.

Don’t miss the chance to see this world premiere season of 'What the Fandango?'. The Tuesday February 13 performance is a preview which means the following night is opening night on Valentine’s Day…a perfect time to meet Hofmann’s whirlwind of romantically-challenged characters who started life in the award-winning Desperately Young at Heart which played at Perth Fringe World 2017 to rave reviews and a sold-out season.

Hofmann splits into four powerful personas in his brilliant blend of comic genius and musical versatility creating quirky, compulsory cabaret. He breathes life into the lusty leather-clad Helmut Wunderlicher who workshops standard love songs into same-sex serenades. Hofmann transforms into Dr Gaye Thyme, a glam goddess with magnificent maracas. He inhabits the outspoken Sr Virgillious who risks being shut down by the church that provides a captive audience for her former student, deluded guitar-playing singer, Susan “I know someone just like her” Higgins. Susan is exploring music beyond her beloved hymns to inflict herself onto a whole new audience.

Hofmann has sung many roles with West Australian Opera and burst onto the cabaret scene in 2014 winning Best Cabaret (WA) at Perth Fringe World for Desperately Young at Heart which toured to Melbourne, Sydney and Edinburgh to rave reviews.

Playing the piano accordion is the brilliant Cathie Travers, one of the finest accordionists in Australia who has collaborated with many artists including Meow Meow, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Barry Humphries.

With combined performance experience of almost 70 years, Robert and Cathie unite to create an engaging evening of musical comedy with quick change costumes by legendary designer Cherie Hewson. Directed by the internationally renowned opera and music theatre director Stuart Maunder assisted by Penny Shaw, What the Fandango?! takes adult audiences on a wild ride into high energy cabaret.

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5.45pm Tuesday, February 13 – 6.45pm Saturday, February 17, 2018


De Parel Spiegeltent, Russell Square
James Street
Northbridge, Western Australia


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