Just Desserts (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Just Desserts

Australian chanteuse sings rock/pop hits and shares delectable sweet treats

Following a successful run last year with Comfort Food Cabaret, Adelaide-based award-winning singer and cook Michelle Pearson returns to the Fringe with Just Desserts, her latest effort to combine her two great loves: music and food.

Backed by a four-piece band, Pearson performs covers of popular songs and shares her musings on a range of topics, from Tinder and unsolicited dick pics, to body image and transitioning into motherhood, after sharing that she is pregnant. Her ten chosen covers are all over the musical map, including renditions of songs by Shania Twain, Foo Fighters, Sia, 50 Cent and Queen. Pearson's strikingly beautiful voice is best showcased on her version of Jessie J's hit about being true to yourself, 'Who You Are'.

An assortment of candy, lemon cupcakes, sour cream mousse and chocolate fudge brownies are distributed to the audience throughout the show. Pearson does a bit of sexy baking using whisks and an electric mixer while singing Britney Spears' 'Toxic', but it's simply all for show as the desserts have been prepared in advance and are waiting to be enjoyed.

All in all, Just Desserts is a charming, sensual and delicious cabaret that offers some food for thought and makes for the perfect late-night treat after a long day of Fringe-ing.

Underbelly, until 11 Aug, 10.40pm, £15.50 (£14.50).

Just Desserts

  • 4 stars

Michelle Pearson Music Australia's singing cook turns up the heat in her award-winning musical food cabaret. Featuring a live rock-pop-powered soundtrack, this sensual chanteuse explores empowerment, social pressure, our obsession with perfection and desire through song, sex and sugar. Includes dessert! Winner of Best…