Alter egos come in from the Fringe
AFTER winning the Fringe World 2014 cabaret award for his first show DesperatelyYoungatHeart, operatic baritone Robert Hofmann decided he would make a follow-up show while he still had the creative energy.
It Ain’t Vot You Do It’s Ze Vay Zat You Do It! gives further life to three alter egos from his first production: Helmut Wunderlicher, Susan Higgins and Dr Kay Overit.
“They all take on slightly new angles and reveal different parts of themselves,” Hofmann said.
“It was about taking the ideas, growing them and pushing them a bit further because I think if you make a second show, it needs to push the boundaries more.”
German-speaking Wunderlicher has graduated from being a relationship counsellor to singing psychologist, deeply entrenched in Freudian and Jungian theory.
Passive aggressive Christian singer Higgins has started the Susan Higgins Institute of Transformative Exercise, combining different movement therapies with songs of praise.
Meanwhile, the once-businessattired singing academic Overit is looking to a career as a nightclub singer.
Hofmann said his German heritage had helped with the character Wunderlicher, including sourcing his leather lederhosen and being able to make fun without offence.
Having trained at UWA School of Music and Sydney Conservatorium, Hofmann’s career has included performances with opera duo Divalicious and WA Opera, including the role of Koko in TheMikado.
He has taught WA Opera’s education program in schools for the past five years, along with teaching at Hale School, Christ Church Grammar School and WAAPA.
“My show is really 15 yearsplus so I don’t advertise it heavily with most of my students,” Hofmann said. “I just hope audiences enjoy the fun and sense of parody that is throughout the show on many levels.
“Everyone finds it interesting when a 6ft 6-inch guy dresses in sequins and four-inch heels.”
Robert Hofmann as his comic alter ego Helmut Wunderlicher.