Camille O'Sullivan: Where Are We Now?

Camille is the Fringe. This is her 13th year here and, in the spiegeltent at Underbelly’s Circus Hub, she’s created a beautiful, personal show.

She can be a sultry chanteuse, a lairy chanter or a playful kitten and, I imagine, it all comes down to how she feels on the night.

Her voice is a soaring seabird; lifting on the calm air then plummeting to dark, mysterious depths. There’s the ever-present props and knick-knacks that she fiddles with throughout the show and a couple of simple costume changes to keep the eye entertained. The three piece band are fantastic and perfectly accompany Camille’s voice, riding her moods and rocking out where necessary.

There’s a surprising number of walkouts during the show. Perhaps many of the audience are there to hear more familiar songs or are new to Camille and this isn’t quite what they expected? However, with Camille, it’s hard to know what to expect; she can be a sultry chanteuse, a lairy chanter or a playful kitten and, I imagine, it all comes down to how she feels on the night. The pacing is slow and, admittedly somewhat self-indulgent but Camille has worked hard to deserve our indulgence. At the end of the show she assures those who are quickly departing that, in the encore, she’ll sing The Ship Song which they’ve likely been waiting for and they’ll kick themselves if they have to hear it from outside the spiegeltent. I bet they did.

Reviews by Frodo Allan

Pinky Flat

Monsteria

★★★★
The Peacock at Gluttony

Tabarnak

★★★★
Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka

Entropy

★★★
La Boheme Nightclub

Welcome to the Music Hall

★★★★
Assembly Rooms

FuturePlay Virtual Reality Studio

★★★★
Paradise in Augustines

The Gin Whore Tour

★★★★

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The Blurb

'The queen of the Fringe' (BBC Arts) premieres a new show asking Where Are We Now? in our suddenly, crazily-changing world. Framing this question through the arresting, final songs of Bowie and Leonard Cohen and those of other crucial writers such as PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, bringing her rare gift for storytelling. Camille's Where Are We Now? promises to be an unforgettable evening of madness, beauty, darkness and love. Five-star sell-out performances include Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, La Clique and Roundhouse. 'Spellbinding storytelling in song – magnificent' ***** (Times).