Tash York’s ‘Happy Hour’ At The Adelaide Fringe

You know its Adelaide Fringe time when Tash York is in town! While she may self proclaim herself the Trash Queen of Cabaret I like to crown her as Adelaide’s Fringe Queen of Gluttony! The Adelaide Fringe isn’t the Adelaide Fringe without Tash York and she’s back at Gluttony with a new show Happy Hour. Bringing along a five-piece band as well as the fabulous Red Red Wines who have a chemistry to rival second to none a fine bottle of GSM what more could you ask from a fringe show? But wait there’s more! Everybody’s favourite cabaret game show Goon of Fortune is also coming back! Grab ya tix now!!!

Tash spoke with Hi FI Way and gave us a bit of insight to the new show and her love for all things cabaret and Adelaide Fringe!

You have a new show for this year’s Adelaide Fringe called Happy Hour. Tell us a bit about it!
Well, it’s kind of like a real Happy Hour! You know when you go to a bar, and say “oh great the drinks are cheap, maybe I’ll just have 2 or 3”. Then cut to 3am, trying to figure out where to get a kebab, because it’s Monday and you definitely shouldn’t have done that, but it was the best time ever.

So, it’s basically that – but no alcohol required (though very much encouraged)! It’s a big camp musical extravaganza designed to keep your mind off anything and everything that’s getting you down and bring some fun to your world instead!

How do you keep coming up with new ideas for your shows especially through these unpredictable times?
This one has been in the works for a while, but I haven’t quite had the right venue or in all honesty the money (look potentially I still don’t) to be able to put it on. I was really fortunate to receive a grant of money from the Gluttony Fringe and I could not have been more grateful as it gave me the start-up capital I needed to get the costumes, music written, LED sign and rehearsal space I needed. As the After Hours Cabaret Club was taking a break this year, I wanted to create a similar show to that but that was more centred around the music, which I think we’ve done really well in pulling it together… despite two seasons of the show being cancelled so far.

What’s the best part about performing at Adelaide Fringe?
I think a lot of my career defining moments have been at this fringe (haha both good and bad). Starting from my first year (2016) where I was playing in a sixty seater barely getting ten people a night and losing $4000 to this year now playing in a Spiegeltent with a five-piece band (and look potentially still losing $4000 haha). All of that is really down to the wonderful people of Adelaide always coming out to support me and to Gluttony always championing their artists. I could not be more grateful for all the support and your wine is pretty darn good too!

Secretly and just between us – the Adelaide Fringe is your favourite Fringe, right? I mean you’ve been here so many times and you’re performing almost everywhere!
It’s my favourite festival by far! I have such a family here now, and have basically lived here for five weeks a year for the past six years, so you could say I’m basically 1/12 Adelaidian right? I’m sure Boo Dwyer (my Petty B*tch comedy partner) would like me to move there permanently though. Haha.

Tell us why it is so important to support the arts and artists during the Adelaide Fringe.
Honestly, art is something that brings a sense of community. Where else do you sit side by side with strangers and feel things simultaneously? Art brings hope, joy, reprieve, truth, vulnerability and society needs it whether they realise it or not. Even if you’re just someone who likes a bit of Netflix, through to the hard-core fringe aficionados it has an influence on us all. We need to all do our bit to support as many of these wonderful artists as we can.

Even as an artist myself, I am constantly mentoring and helping other artists wherever I can because we are a community and we need to look after each other. Even someone like me who’s been around a while still has to take a punt on what will work each fringe and hope it pulls off so I can pay for my next production… and you know rent/bills like everyone else. If it’s not financial, help them by spreading the word about their shows or reposting their content. It really all helps. However, if you do have some spare cash joining things like Patreon, or buying merch or organising a group of friends to go to a show can really go a long way, by the way did you know I have a Patreon? …. click here. Also I have some excellent Merch which you can buy here.

What are you looking forward to the most about coming back to Adelaide for the Fringe?
Seeing all my beautiful fringe fam in one place and audiences and performers alike getting to do what they love. I have been in lockdown for 262 days, plus the ten days for having covid since 2020, so I haven’t been able to travel much or go to different festivals like I usually do. The 2021 Adelaide felt like an absolute dream last year, and I hope this one will be even better.

Get vaxxed (if you can), wear a mask, socially distance and if it’s safe for your health to do so – come and join us!

Interview by Anastasia Lambis

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