Melbourne Fringe: La Petit Mort

Neo Radio delivers a slick and exceptionally silly film-noir-detective-thriller-jukebox-musical-romp in La Petite Mort.
La Petite Mort, Melbourne Fringe

With flavours of classic 1940s noir by way of The Goon Show, the whole adventure is exceedingly camp and ridiculous, and rendered with a perfect blend of smokey sex appeal and cheeky liveliness by a stunning vocal cast.

Sam Qualtrough is affable and charming as the persistently incompetent Dick Maxwell PI; Yvette Hearn smoulders as the archetypal Brazilian-French femme fatale; Suzanne Barton lends great comic flexibility as (among others) Maxwell’s long-suffering apprentice; and Paul David-Goddard provides the perfect foil as the delightfully dry and despondent narrator, armed with a modest but impressive box of foley tricks.

Musical Director Aaron Searle draws everything together, reimagining an impressive array of contemporary rock, pop and hip-hop classics as sumptuous and swinging jazz numbers with an anachronistic musicality that is simply delicious.

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