Fringe goers filled the Urban Orchard’s De Parel Speigeltent, a sold out venue for the four piece all female acapella group Ginger and Tonic.
Clad in matching black dresses and heels, Ginger and Tonic opened ‘Desperate and Dateless’ with a pleasing My Best Friend’s Wedding style cover of Dusty Springfield’s ‘Wishing and Hoping’. From here, we were introduced to the well-developed personas of uptight Lisa, promiscuous Emma, the recently heartbroken Laura, and dance enthusiast Jane (who just can’t shake it).
The group kept the crowd thoroughly amused with their differing views on love, relationships and navigating the complicated and judgmental world of online dating. An old-fashioned dating show hosted by the girls themselves was audience interaction at its finest and a perfect showcase for the talented quartet.
Ginger and Tonic’s mix of original and cover songs delivered consistent laughs, with notable highlights Tinderella (think Rhianna’s ‘Umbrella’ with a dating app twist), the hilariously creepy stalker reworking of Beyonce’s Halo and the unforgettable Beaver (‘Fever’) during which a surprising revelation about Emma’s sexuality is revealed.
Ginger and Tonic’s strengths lay in their clever and comedic parodies of pop songs and convincing caricatures. The show ended on a high with a fittingly cheeky rendition of Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe and the ultimate act of desperation: handing out phone numbers to audience members.