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What the Fandango?!

What the Fandango?! is a multi-gendered cabaret romp through South America and beyond starring singer Robert Hofmann in an energetic blend of visual humour, spicy stand-up, and poignant performances peppered with operatic perfection. 

Don’t miss the chance to see this world premiere season of What the Fandango?! at the De Parel Spiegeltent in The Pleasure Garden during PERTH FRINGE WORLD 2018 from February 13 to 17 at 5:45pm.  The Tuesday February 13 performance is a preview which means the following night is opening night on Valentine’s Day… a perfect time to meet Hofmann’s whirlwind of romantically-challenged characters who started life in the award-winning Desperately Young at Heart which played at PERTH FRINGE WORLD 2017 to rave reviews and a sold-out season.  

4Hofmann splits into four powerful personas in his brilliant blend of comic genius and musical versatility creating quirky, compulsory cabaret.   He breathes life into the lusty leather-clad Helmut Wunderlicher who workshops standard love songs into same-sex serenades. Hofmann transforms into Dr Gaye Thyme, a glam goddess with magnificent maracas. He inhabits the outspoken Sr Virgillious who risks being shut down by the church that provides a captive audience for her former student, deluded guitar-playing singer, Susan “I know someone just like her” Higgins.  Susan is exploring music beyond her beloved hymns to inflict herself onto a whole new audience.

Hofmann has sung many roles with West Australian Opera and burst onto the cabaret scene in 2014 winning Best Cabaret (WA) at PERTH FRINGE WORLD for Desperately Young at Heart  which toured to Melbourne, Sydney and Edinburgh to rave reviews.

Playing the piano accordion is the brilliant Cathie Travers, one of the finest accordionists in Australia who has collaborated with many artists including Meow Meow, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Barry Humphries.

With combined performance experience of almost 70 years, Robert and Cathie unite to create an engaging evening of musical comedy with quick change costumes by legendary designer Cherie Hewson.  Directed by the internationally renowned opera and music theatre director Stuart Maunder assisted by Penny ShawWhat the Fandango?! takes adult audiences on a wild ride into high energy cabaret.  BOOK NOW at


Event starts
Tuesday 13 February, 2018
Event Ends
Saturday 17 February, 2018
De Parel Spiegeltent in The Pleasure Garden
Venue Address
Russell Sqaure Park, James Street and Shenton Streets

Western Australia, Northbridge

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