My Christmas treat has been reviewing Bernadette Robinson’s encore performance of her show Songs for Nobodies at the Arts Centre, Melbourne. Ten years on from its debut, the show is still wowing audiences, both here and in London’s West End.
I don’t believe anyone else could perform this show, which demands a unique blend of expertise: a talent for accents, an ability to sing in any range and genre, and acting versatility. A born mimic, Robinson excels at all these skills. And who else could switch between the big-sky warmth of country singer Patsy Cline to the existential howl of Billie Holiday’s final years, or between the growling reverberations of Piaf’s chansons to the divine bel canto of Maria Callas?
Check out my full review at Australian Stage: https://www.australianstage.com.au/201912209103/reviews/melbourne/songs-for-nobodies.html