2019 Fringe Festival Review: Rebel

What: Rebel

Where: Wonderland Spiegeltent at Gluttony

When: 24 Feb – 17 March

Cost: $28-$39, tickets available here

David Bowie is my very problematic fave, and his music has been incredibly important to me throughout my life (I happened to be walking along Rundle St when news broke of his death and I sat in the gutter outside what was then American Apparel and sobbed). From the outset, I was inclined to enjoy the show, and forgive its flaws. And while there are flaws in this glam rock-circus-comedy-sideshow, there was a pervasive feeling of pure joy, and a Bowie-esque celebration of the weird and glamourous.

Filtering in to the sweltering Wonderland Spiegeltent at Gluttony, I was surprised by how many people fit into the space, and how small the stage was. I also noted that the median age of the audience was higher than I expected, and I suspect that this is a show which will appeal to Bowie fans from way back. That said, if you can’t tell Aladdin Sane from the Thin White Duke, there’s still plenty here to enjoy.

Stewart Reeve is brilliant, perfectly capturing Bowie’s strange trans-Atlantic accent and vocal range and hosting the show with verve and humour, and the “Spiders from North Fitzroy,” the multi-instrumental, circus-performer band are genuinely quite incredible, swapping back and forth between singing, playing their instruments, and performing acrobatic circus stunts seamlessly.

While the show will certainly appeal to people without a Bowie fetish, I can’t help but feel that the joy of this show is in singing along to the songs. The circus stunts are the [space] oddity that caps off the show, rather than the focus.

4.5/5 stars

Brydie Kosmina

One thought on “2019 Fringe Festival Review: Rebel

  1. Went to see Rebel on Friday night with Social Club group ranging from 34 years to 60+. We all loved it. Such joy and fun packed into 1 hour. Stewart Reeve was AMAZING and very likable. He will melt in this weather in the “Bowie” costumes and Long boots he wears. Have already told friends to “book tickets” as I think any age will enjoy this show. The band was great too with their multi-talented members. Keyboard, saxophone then switch to circus acts… no problem. Especially loved the girl on the ribbons. She had no fear. A 10/10 for me.


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