Review: Mr. Henry Moss – QUADRUPLE THRE4T, VAULT Festival

Mr. Henry Moss – QUADRUPLE THRE4T makes for a fun hour of queer Aussie humour at the VAULT Festival

“Did you know one in five artists are an absolute dickhead”

It’s a shame Mr. Henry Moss – QUADRUPLE THRE4T only ran for one weekend at the VAULT Festival as his brand of irrepressibly warm cabaret has a real uplifting charm about it. It’s a relatively simple format – would-be musical theatre legend Harry Ledgerman is launching his new celebrity memoir with his talent agency manager wife Kristal Lee by his side and any number of friends who’ve come along to also share their secrets to becoming successful.

Naturally though, success is relative and Moss’ collection of misfits  – for he plays them all – are all wonderfully deluded in their own special way. Thus the scene is set for a rapidfire kick ball change through many aspects of showbusiness, accompanied by some nifty moves (check that Chorus Line choreography) and some uncanny vocal performances as Adele, Ricky Martin and Britney sit alongside Elphaba, Piaf and Dame Judi herself.

Thus it is a richly packed hour that really shows off Moss’ talents well. And at just an hour, there’s a slight sense of greater potential for any or all aspects of the show to go further. His comic writing is razor-sharp and the number of musical sketches does somewhat limit its appearance here. But the time flies by with laughter, and such is the quality of Moss’ varied performance skills that they would surely make Hugh Jackman his very own nemesis. Look out for him.

Running time: 60 minutes (without interval)
Mr. Henry Moss – QUADRUPLE THRE4T is booking at the VAULT Festival until 23rd February

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