BEER DRINKING WOMAN

As the title more than suggests, is dedicated to booze, from the dizzying buzz of the first elegant sip all the way through to the hair-of-the-dog-hangover blues.

Beer, however, is not the only culprit. With verve and charm her well researched show also brings wine and spirits to the table, not to mention the accompanying cocktails of giggles and hiccups and pick ups and put downs. Accompanied by pianist Leonie Cohen, they will perform the songs “Beer Drinking Woman” (Memphis Slim), “Angel Eyes” (Sinatra), Lilac Wine (Shelton), “Drinking Again” (Dinah Washington), “The Piano’s Been Drinking” (Tom Waits), “Dribble” (The Tiger Lillies), “Cheap Wine” (Cold Chisel), some of Christa’s own compositions including “Whiskey Trail”, “Cheap Thrills” and “The Stink Of Desperation”, and many more.

So, if you like beer swills and cheap thrills, come on in and wet your whistle and sink another with the Dive Bar Diva

Beer Drinking Woman - What The Critics Say

Psst! Keep this to yourself, because this show could become dizzyingly popular. Let's face it: the one thing nearly everyone in this perversely diverse assemblage we optimistically call a community has in common is a fondness for a tipple.

So what could be more popular than a show full of songs about drinking? Songs about the giggles and the headaches of having one more than one should in the process of trying to pick someone up or put someone down.

Hopefully christa Hughes got a a government grant and a fistful of drinks vouchers to put it together.

It would have required some hard nosed, no-nonsense research - after which she'd needed a couple of stiff ones to unwind. Just look at the breadth of sources dredged up : from Memphis Slim to Barry Humphries, from Tom Waits to Rodgers and Hammerstein - or, to be more accurate, Rodgers and Hughes.

This vat of tunes is laced with Hughes's own songs, which turn out to be highlights in some top-shelf company. Her Whiskey Trail is a roistering ditty on the eminently worthy (and insufficiently sung about) subject of scotch. Cheap Thrills is a rather blue blues, in which innuendo has come out the other side. Dirty Old Man and Stink of Desperation are tragi-comedies of wickedly accurate observation, sometimes delivered with splashes of mock - operatic debauchery.

When she drops the clowning like a greasy glass and becomes Christa the chanteuse, this, too, works. Beyond the boundless bravura the woman sings intoxicatingly well. Songs like Lilac Wine and Angel Eyes help impart a sense of dramatic contour to match the dramatic contours revealed by her alarming costumes.

As potent as this is in the enchanting intimacy of La Bar, it could go down a storm in the great beer barns of the suburbs. They'd love it when Christa skols a schooner and then gargle-sings. I know I did.

John Shand - Sydney Morning Herald

The first thing that must be said about Christa is that she's a sex bomb. And a very smart one at that! With the voice of a mermaid wooing sailors' ships onto rocks and a dash of 1920s diva bravado...The verve and charm with which she embraces her subject matter makes you wonder why no one's done it before.

Christa is a mixture much like her drinks, straight up, intoxicating and eclectic... A totally professional performance.

Vanessa McCauseland - Drum Media

Christa Hughes proves the full depth and mettle of her comic and vocal talents with this cozily confrontational journey into the alcohol-drenched life of a "lush". Hughes deconstructs cabaret and the diva concept by subtly exaggerating familiar moves, looks and song styles...

In between, she reprises the concept of lip-synching to a smartly edited routine of sounbites about drinking from old movies, proving she's no slouch as a physical comedian, either.

Patrick McDonald - The Advertiser

It was a hilarious night and delivered what cabaret always used to, titillation of the mind and morals

Grant Spencer The Brag

This was a bloody good cabaret at a classy, punter friendly venue. With Hughes' dynamic stage presence and that gutsy voice... There's a stunning rendition of James Shelton's Lilac Wine that really taps into the heartache at the core of the song.

Lee Bemrose Drum Media

She gives vulgarity a good name.

Barry Humphries