Matt Gilbertson

It’s a shame we can only give an act like Yana Alana five stars, because she deserves so much more. Between The Cracks is the ultimate cabaret experience. It’s intelligent and provocative, funny and moving. Above all, it’s star Yana Alana (Sarah Ward) is a supremely talented vocal powerhouse who held the audience in the palm of her hand from go to whoa.

Accompanied by her long-suffering pianist Joanne, Yana is a self-obsessed, irreverent and highly entertaining “cabaret provocateur” who experiences a magnificent breakdown midway through the show, assisted by some good sports from the crowd.

Outside of her character, Ward’s performance is smart and extremely brave: Did we mention her costume is top to tail blue body paint and not much else?

The original songs are brilliantly penned as is the script. But it is Ward’s ability to react and respond to anything the audience throws at her that sets her apart.

It’s clear to see why she won a Helpmann Award last year:

She embodies everything that is truly needed to earn the title “cabaret artist’’.

Not planning on seeing Yana Alana? Then you might want to read her as-yet-unpublished book Go F*** Yourself — because you’ll be at least kicking yourself if you miss out.