‘After Hours Cabaret Club’ brings together an ever-changing line-up of burlesque, cabaret, sideshow and circus stars to each perform engaging (if sometimes wild and occasionally weird) pieces, fitting for the Wonderland Spiegeltent venue (located at 699 La Trobe Street, Docklands).
On 16 September, we were delighted with the performances of Tash York, Odd Mantis, Miss Kelly Ann Doll, Bridgett Cains, Frankie Valentine, Reuben DotDotDot, Miss Maple Rose and Miss Bettie Bombshell. In making a concerted effort not to spoil the magic of each performance, there were multiple highlights of each piece.
‘After Hours Cabaret Club’ isn’t strictly a comedy show so as a punter with little to no burlesque experience, I was curious to see how I would adapt. That said, I had no idea of the humour and outright scandalous laughs that were on offer through burlesque. This was no more evident that in the cheeky feature of Miss Maple Rose and the pure entertainment of a finale starring Miss Bettie Bombshell and Miss Kelly Ann Doll (which almost stole the show).
This considered, not all the burlesque had a comedy focus. Rather, the solo performances of Miss Kelly Ann Doll and Frankie Valentine focused on movement and audience engagement. Miss Kelly Ann Doll opened the night with almost a frenetic pace to give people a taste of what was to come whereas Frankie Valentine was up front but calm and considered, as she demanded the attention from an occasionally shy audience.
Our MC Tash York did well revving up the audience to get the night going. She led the night in a relaxed fashion and showed off her incredible voice in a number of songs. A notable mention should also go to the clowning of Odd Mantis, who welcomed the audience into the world and helped build the atmosphere of the night. Her cheeky quips (and talent with fire) were a delight.
If you’re a bit like me, you may be drawn in by the burlesque but you will stay for the sideshow. Bridgett Cains delivered a subtle but well executed routine. Her movements and contortion had an excellent build up that captivated the audience. With a more laid-back vibe, Reuben DotDotDot played it ‘cool’ in his piece where he made me think I really need to work on my core. He showed off impressive feats with ease, exuding a charm that made him instantly likable.
‘After Hours Cabaret Club’ excels in its variety and atmosphere. Backed by a live five-piece jazz band to accompany the acts, the room had a great vibe and the night flew by. This Fringe-worthy show was a joyous evening of burlesque and so much more.
Check out ‘After Hours Cabaret Club’ from 17 to 30 September 2017 at the Wonderland Spiegeltent. For more information and to book tickets, click here!
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