La Soiree’s dysfunctional family were back in London town over the festive period, and what a seasonal treat they were.
In their own words the theatrical phenomenon, is a unique and inspirational night of live entertainment, La Soiree’s heady cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety is more potent than ever. Fresh from a world tour with their hottest line-up yet La Soiree showcases the crème de la crème of the cabaret world as it introduces the newest members of its dysfunctional family alongside very dear old friends. So we do emphatically suggest you step in from the cold, leave your troubles at the door and prepare for a night of thrills, shocks, laughter and disbelief as La Soiree banishes the winter blues and leaves you wanting to see it all over again. Indeed we loved it so much we visited twice in one week!
Amongst their returning old friends La Soirée was thrilled to announce that cabaret darling Camille O’Sullivan was to return to the little, red round stage this festive season to perform in the show which catapulted her on her meteoric rise to stardom. La Soirée and O’Sullivan’s shared history goes back right to the start of the show’s inception at the Edinburgh Festival 2004 when O’Sullivan was among the motley crew of troubadours and cabaret dreamers who set the Fringe on fire. In the eleven years since both O’Sullivan and La Soirée have toured the world, performing at iconic venues, picking up awards and critical acclaim along the way, but always with the spit and sawdust of the carnival world pumping through their veins. It is with a special brand of excitement that both return to the intimate, in-the-round setting of the Spiegeltent, to the venue where it all began, alongside many friends from the original 2004 show as well as new members of the dysfunctional family.
The acrobatics of Yammel Rodriguez, Michelle Chy and Bret Pfister, staged in the centre of this glamorous big top, was even more electric the second time we saw it; the comedy stylings of Asher Treleaven were slightly sinister but all the more funny for that.
A true company show, the goodwill and party atmosphere emanating from a lively audience was tangible. This culminated in audacious wonder during the second half of the show due to Denis Lock’s (one half of The English Gents) amazing new bubble act – with suit and hat staying firmly on, he had the crowd enthralled and entranced by the sheer beauty of the craft – and the showmanship.
If it was even possible amongst all of the wonders we saw the act that truly stood out to us was Denis Lock and Hamish McCann as The English Gents, posing as the English Gents in bowlers and Union Jack underwear, they perform breath-taking acrobatics while reading the Financial Times. We won’t tell you anymore and spoil the amazement but we strongly suggest you check out the La Soiree family yourself.
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