Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Toby Francis: Blokelahoma!


Toby Francis Photo by: Kurt SneddonToby Francis came out to his parents twice… but not for what you think! Lets face it, when you’re in your early twenties, don’t mind a bit of singing and cabaret, move from Canberra to Sydney and have an obsession with Aussie rock, the road is bound to be a little bumpy.

Under the direction of David Campbell, this winner of the 8th Annual Cabaret Showcase in Sydney weaved a laconic, blokey story between a range of numbers which showcased his powerful rock tenor voice. There’s a certain endearing quality to Francis’ banter and his stand-up observations on everything from gay marriage to racism struck a chord with the chortling crowd despite the “rough-around-the-edges” feel to this first-time cabaret show.

What was great about this show was Francis’ amazing voice and unique song selections exquisitely accompanied by pianist and musical director, Andrew Worboys. The full-length marathon of ‘Bat Out of Hell’ and the heart-felt ‘Not a Child’ were highlights among many others.

A great young artist who we’ll hopefully see more of again.

Hayley Horton

Hayley was an arts worker in South Australia for twelve years working freelance for small to medium clients as well as for companies such as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Theatre Company SA, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth and the Australia Business Arts Foundation. As part of her freelance work, Hayley founded the ATG Curtain Call Awards (which is now an annual gala event), co-produced three 24 Hour Show charity fundraiser events, has judged for the Adelaide Fringe Festival and reviewed for Aussie Theatre and the Adelaide Theatre Guide. Hayley now runs a boutique events and arts management business, Footlight Events and in her spare time, is involved with Adelaide’s amateur theatre community as a producer, performer and director.

Hayley Horton

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