Hot from winning Adelaide Fringe Best Cabaret Weekly Award 2018, Tash York tempts us with this scintillating hour of song and expertly woven vignettes based on the concept of Adulting. Musing on her penchant for eating chicken nuggets in her pants, paying taxes and getting the bins out on time, York ponders the real milestones of life with a reliability that has the audience transfixed.
A tender, intelligent, fun and heart warming hour
York’s performance is so much more than just cultural observations on the nature of growing up. The performance features some of the best acapella mash-ups you’ll hear this festival; a veritable treat for the ears as York weaves Heart’s Alone with Whitesnake’s Here I Go Again. And an astronomical Disney mash-up featuring reworded lyrics to our Disney favourites, contemplating the consistent theme of #adulting, is a highlight this reviewer will remember for some time. The show is abundant with York’s pitch perfect vocals, constructing the perfect backdrop to her easy, skilled audience interaction and poignant pathos on the parallels between her own life and that of her mother’s.
Subversive nursery rhymes and turning the ordinary on its axels, York opens us up to her world where nothing is quite as we seemed. And somehow it works – we fit in there, it all makes sense. A celebration of underachievement and shining a light on expecting too much of ourselves.
This is a tender, intelligent, fun and heart warming hour which expertly showcases York’s background in musical theatre. ‘Adulting’ prefaces York’s other daily show, After Hours Cabaret, and the two compliment each other. We get much more of a sense of who York is through this performance, whereas in her later show she is more a mechanism for exposure of other acts, all coming together in a magnificent crescendo of brilliance.