CABARET

Yummy Deluxe

3.5 stars

The Edith Spiegeltent at Yagan Square

REVIEW ROSS McRAE

With the absence of a full Briefs show at this year’s Fringe World, the next best bet for a girl’s night out (or hen’s party) would have to be the return of Yummy.

After its stellar debut at last year’s festival, the drag cabaret spectacular has returned with another high-energy extravaganza, this time being promoted as the “deluxe” edition.

Mixing classic acts from last year’s show — Jandruze and the welcome return of her “sandwiches” — with some new cast, including brilliant stiletto-wearing aerial artist newcomer Jarrod Dewey, the crowd couldn’t get enough of this totally over-the-top, slightly all-over-the-place show.

It all peaks at the bookends of the hour-long show when the entire troupe, led by the domineering Valerie Hex, comes together in the fierce choreographed group numbers, especially the pop-tastic finale.

For those haven’t seen the original this will be a riotous night out, but for the Yummy veterans there is sadly something lacking without a proper replacement MC for the hilarious Karen from Finance and the absence of the show-stopping Benjamin Hancock.