Desperate and Dateless with Ginger and Tonic. Fringe World Festival

Ginger and Tonic - Lisa Hanley, Jane Patterson, Laura Burzacott and Emma Rule.
Ginger and Tonic - Lisa Hanley, Jane Patterson, Laura Burzacott and Emma Rule.

ALL-FEMALE a cappella group Ginger and Tonic’s latest show, Desperate and Dateless with Ginger and Tonic, is Pitch Perfect meets Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Single White Female, according to singer Jane Patterson.

“We like to think of the show as dating via cabaret,” Patterson said.

“In 60 minutes the audience will get to know a lot about us and what we’re looking for and there will be plenty of opportunities for the audience to show us some love in return.

“We’ll sing a bunch of original songs, parodies and covers, all a cappella.”

Ginger and Tonic formed in 2010 with Patterson, her sister Sarah and their two friends before a few line-up changes to now comprise Patterson with Lisa Hanley, Laura Burzacott and Emma Rule.

“We met Laura through a cabaret festival in Melbourne when she was singing with another group,” Patterson said.

“Lisa joined Ginger and Tonic this year after she and I worked on Once together.”

The show took six months from initial concept to performance and was developed after the quartet’s realisation there was a running theme in their repertoire.

“We wanted to enter the Short and Sweet Cabaret Festival in Melbourne, so we put together 10 minutes using songs we had based on a dating theme,” Patterson said.

“After that performance we worked on expanding it out to an hour. We found it was a theme that came quite naturally to us.”

Patterson said her favourite song in the show was Hello, based on Beyonce’s Halo and not Adele’s big hit.

“It’s a song we’ve been performing for a while, and was quite a turning point for us when we first performed it,” she said.

“Audiences thought it was really funny and we realised that we should be doing a lot more comedy.

“We’re really proud of this show, and we can’t wait to perform it to new audiences in Perth and be part of our first Fringe World Festival.

“Perth’s an untapped resource for us, so we’re feeling optimistic about finding romance there and we’re looking forward to sitting on the beach.”

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Desperate and Dateless with Ginger and Tonic

Where: De Parel Spiegeltent, Perth Cultural Centre

When: February 15 to 21

Tickets: www.fringeworld.com.au