Review: Meow Meow’s Pandemonium
By Doug Knight
For fans, Meow Meow’s return to Melbourne conjures an image of a child excitedly running alongside a train full wonders – the circus is coming to town. Accompanied by the incredible Melbourne Sympathy Orchestra under the direction of Benjamin Northey, the comedic cabaret covid free powerhouse eventually arrived on stage to kick off two incredible hours over two fabulous evenings at our glorious Hamer Hall.
With her astonishing presence, command and demands of an audience, Meow Meow delivers repeatedly in a packed programme of comedy, absurdity, and mesmerising gratuitous talent.
From her beloved music of the Weimar Republic offering a glimpse back to her time on the road with Barry Humphries, to her extraordinary take on Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees, so beautiful in fact that the melancholic poetry of the lyrics is amplified for near tears. Only Meow Meow could curate and pull off an evening so diverse in style and genre.
The joy of Meow Meow is never knowing when she will tear down her own masterful conventions and smash the mood or tension she has set up merely for a comedic win.