The Lulu Show: Life on the Never-Never review at Gilded Balloon at the Rose Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘accomplished cabaret’
Aside from entertainment there is a part of the cabaret performance that, no matter how vintage it appears, should reflect at least some aspect of modern living. Be that love, war, death or religion, it can manifest as a stern warning or fond endorsement but we should see something of the present in every cabaret performance.
For The Lulu Show: Life on the Never-Never, the subject matter takes centre stage as Norwegian chanteuse and comedian Hilde Louise Asbjornsen gives us the low-down on fiscal responsibility.
Louise is an eminently personable vocalist and her show has a warm, jazz-soaked appeal hinting at both decadence and debt. Not simply personal debt, which the artist reminds us that her country has embraced at a ridiculous rate but also global debt. Louise attempts an equal measure of fact, figures and flesh by after a while the number crunching gets a little too convoluted to keep track.
Content aside, The Lulu Show is complemented by a handsome three-piece band of electric guitar, bass and keyboard that accompany the smooth mix of jazz and swing numbers. Despite her sensuous delivery and velvety tones Life on the Never-Never can’t help but leave you with a slight sense of worry.