Gillian Cosgriff has a very uncanny ability to consistently deliver a solo show of extremely high calibre. It should not be too long before her reputation as a phenomenal cabaret writer and performer gets the wider circle of knowledge it absolutely deserves. The concept behind 8 Songs in 8 Weeks is as straightforward as it sounds, with Cosgriff setting herself a such a challenge, recorded with time mark proof, of a new song every week for a period of eight. What results is a show dubbed as an experiment and an outlook into the behind the scenes process of song-writing, that truly turns out to be a encapsulating musical rollercoaster with a performer so in tune with her talent and ability it will resonate as a true pick of the festival.
Each song reflects the circumstances surrounding Cosgriff that certain week, inspiring, and ultimately producing, the song that the audience is about to hear. There is such a wonderful variety present, from slower songs of reflection, cleverly constructed commentary, and epic parodies that deserve to be taken further on film, all segued with an additional bonus, (that will not be spoiled here), that really exposes the powerful mind behind how a performer can construct such musical mastery in such a short expanse of time.
Cosgriff’s main captivation, from the onset of her appearing on stage, is how multi-talented she is at multi-tasking all aspects of her cabaret performance. Her presence is dynamic, and her quips some of the funniest one might see at this festival. She’s a performer so talented on the piano, yet so engaged with the rapture of her audience. Laugh out loud moments are frequent, the lyrics have thought and intelligence behind them, and obviously come from a naturally funny soul with a grounded take on life. This is a show that will hopefully propel Cosgriff to the realms of the main players of the cabaret world where she belongs.
Be sure to book to say you were there to witness the run of the show; this one is sure to start selling out.
Corey M. Glamuzina is a Melbourne-based actor, writer, improvisor and comedian with an avid involvement in the art of theatre and film.
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