Luke has put together a show that contains a strong narrative about becoming the ‘leading man’, which has enabled him to showcase his excellent vocal talents. Anyone who has heard Luke sing before will know that this guy can own a room with his voice. As he covered a range of modern’ish hits as well as some classic musical pieces, he had tremendous stage presence and exuded confidence.
The character that Luke takes on in the interlinking narrative juxtaposed this confidence well and fit with the overall theme. That said, these moments (while necessary) did not show Luke at his best. At times he would dabble in overly repetitive humour and in ‘making fun’ of others. It felt like there was a missed opportunity for more in-depth connection with the audience during his latter, genuine and more personal stories that could have been further explored.
The show was at its peak in the moments of originality. When Luke made the songs his own and showed off his creative side (even in the form of a love story), the show felt stronger. ‘Can you handle this? I don’t think you can handle this’ proved Luke has the skill and talent required to develop his own ‘leading man’ tale and that he excels when he brings originality and focuses on his strengths.
Luke Belle has finished his 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival run but you can follow him on Facebook here, for updates and future gigs.