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THE ORCHID AND THE CROW – Daniel Tobias

The rock, and the roll. Daniel Tobias storms the smoke filled stage with his Fender ax and a series of whoops. When an excited crowd member whoops back he dedicates the show to her, and rips into song. A very good song. A very long song, with a surprisingly easy to follow narrative. The theatre is alive, jumping and warm. Tobias tells his autobio tale with a charming Aussie accent, slipping back and forth from monologue to song. It’s a hilarious tale of Christmas loving Jews, and a not so hilarious tale of testicular cancer. This one turns on a dime, from a go-go nightclub to a solemn hospital stay, and Tobias delivers just the right balance to entertain in the face of tragedy. Go Daniel go!

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THE ELEPHANT GIRLS – Margo MacDonald

Turn of the century (the second last one) shoplifting gang The Forty Elephants ruled the streets of London by bedding public leaders in return for their cooperation. It was the perfect caper scenario, and provided lower class lasses with an out from the drudgery and poverty hurled upon that forgotten segment of society. It was all very romantic, in a flashy gangster way, and we are told their story in the form of  pub narrative from number two thug Maggie. In dapper suit and tie, Maggie smokes fancy cigarettes and partakes in copious lagers in return for her tale. Who knew the riot grrl movement started here? Margo MacDonald is larger than life, spitting a Cockney accent and strutting her stuff for a riveting hour. True story this. Superb.

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