ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Cabaret Reviews

The Spaces Between (The Jane Austen Argument)

By | Published on Monday 15 August 2011

Emo-cabaret – there’s a word combo you’re not used to hearing. Complete with eyeliner, knee high socks and wings, ‘The Jane Austen Argument’ look like fallen angels and perform with an angst any ’emo’ would be proud of. At times I found myself cringing at the hyper-emotional repertoire of songs, and the interludes of dialogue were unconvincing. The music, however, was delivered with the conviction of seasoned performers; Tom Dickin’s voice has a husky gravelly quality which is set off perfectly by Jen Kingwell’s pitch perfect notes on the piano and Regina Spektor-style vocals. Raw and wonderful, the music had the audience rapt. To quote from the show: ‘it’s naff but it’s cabaret so deal with it’.

St George’s West, 5 – 29 Aug (not 17), 9.15pm (10.20pm), £8.00 – £10.00, fpp14.
tw rating 3/5