Big Top at Sunset Veranda, Scarborough
REVIEW CY CLAYTON
It was the surprise 2012 hit that went on to become a $500m franchise, bring acapella music into the mainstream, and spawn the use of ‘aca’ as a prefix.
And now, Pitch Perfect has made its mark on the festival, which is not surprising given the acapella genre (and its potential for word play) are the perfect fodder for a Fringe show.
Making its debut on a hot Friday evening at picturesque venue, the Sunset Veranda at Brighton Reserve, Pitch Slapped pitted five vocal groups against one another in a one-night-only acapella showdown.
It’s the brainchild of Perth’s Cassie Van Lendt, who wanted to create a platform for the local acapella community by staging a live, all-ages, all-out aca-showdown.
The sold-out show opened with the all-female Artistry Quartet followed by the BelleChords, who performed that quintessential barbershop favourite Mr Sandman as well as an original piece: a fond ode to Australians’ infamous habit of saying “yeah no”.
Bringing a more contemporary feel to the proceedings, seven-piece the Darling Singers were a clear crowd favourite with their medley, mashing up Kanye, Kimbra and Amy Winehouse, complete with rapping.
Next came the cheekily named Shortcut Quartet, four diminutive ladies with voices that were anything but, before another four-piece, the Danger Tones, closed out the show with a brilliant Queen tribute.
The audience was clearly loving the incredible talent that was on show and the supportive, community feel only added to the fun.
After a brief guess-that-song contest featuring members of the crowd it was time to find out the winner and while sadly there could only be one champion, it was the Darling Singers who most impressed the judges on this night.
It was all great fun, a stripped-back, no-frills evening powered by these performers’ clear passion for making music with their mouths.
In short, it’s an aca-awesome concept that I hope to see back next year.