Smooth, risqué and unpredictable, Red Light Confidential is a variety show like no other. Begun as an “underground industry night” in Sydney seven years ago, the concept of this show is to create a safe space for inexperienced performers to rub shoulders with seasoned artists. While this mixture of raw and tested material can lead to the discovery of some real gems, it can also leave you with a disjointed feeling that allows the energy in the room to ebb. As long as you are a little forgiving, this cabaret style performance would make a great night out with friends.

In the intimate, velvet draped space of The A Club Adelaide, Friday’s show began with host and producer Michael Wheatley working his vocal magic to warm up the unusually cool Adelaide audience with some personalised covers of cult classics.

With a sudden change of pace, the fierce and incredibly sensual Desert Rose, velvet clad and vaping, thrust herself on to the stage and in to our laps. This burlesque master titillated, surprised and teased the audience into a rowdy submission.

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Next a building inspector comedy shtick and a slam poetry performance took the show in a completely unexpected, and slightly confusing, direction.

The second half of the show came back fighting with the highly polished and haunting voice of Lola Sola. With hot pink hair and aqua guitar in hand, Lola’s mellow original music had the audience spellbound.

Next a classic sideshow inspired routine by Jerry Hatrick, complete with flying ping pong balls and balloon swallowing, introduced a well-received humorous energy.

The show ended on a high with the impressive juggling Maggie Rusak, whose smooth moves and flawless recovery was quite memorizing.

Buying tickets to Red Light Confidential is a role of the dice, but one that is loaded in your favour. Combining value for money and providing supporting new artists can only be seen a win.

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For show times and to book tickets, see the Fringe guide.