Whole lot of love in the room

Western Suburbs Weekly - - STAGE - Tanya MacNaughton

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 re­cur­rent theme through 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 that it’s a theme that came comes quite nat­u­rally to us.”

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

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