Photo by Giovanni C Lorusso
Emma Dean and Jake Diefenbach in An End to Dreaming
Season continues until March 18
The latest collaboration from Brisbane based cabaret pop artists Emma Dean and Jake Diefenbach comes in a form of enthralling gothic fairytale. Their self-penned songs performed over five stages tell individual stories, but they also collectively paint a bigger picture of their transformation.
Accompanying themselves on keys and piano, their gradual emergence from despair to recovery to hope is told through songs and monologues. The show is highly theatrical with no direct interaction with the audience. However, Dean and Diefenbach engage everyone through their superbly written numbers, taking them to the enchanted forest and each step of their transition. The emotions they sing about ring true and feel exquisitely real, yet, the story also brims with a sense of magic. Their ethereal vocals and the sounds of piano blend flawlessly to create a bewitching world of their own.
There is no doubt that these two immensely gifted performers will continue to take Australian contemporary cabaret to new heights. An End to Dreaming is a wondrous piece of storytelling and an experience not to be missed.
Reviewed by Lena Nobuhara
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