Review

FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Club Swizzle | 5 stars

Review | Laura Money

Club Swizzle is the Australian devised sister show to the wonderful La Soiree, which has been delighting Perth audiences for three years running. Club Swizzle is a little looser, a little more intimate, and a whole lot raunchier!

It’s always hard to write a 5 star review – the temptation is to go “It was AMAZING!” and leave it there, because there are only so many ways you can praise something for being perfect. Let me set the scene – you walk in to a converted warehouse, hazy and sophisticated, huge wooden cocktail bar in front of a bandstand – Club Swizzle neon bright above the stage. The artists are mingling, guests are getting seated at their cabaret-style tables, and the Swizzle Boys are mixing drinks. It feels like walking into a 1930s Berlin Cabaret – glamourous.

After a magical transformation, the bar becomes a catwalk stage and the one-of-a-kind Reuben Kaye begins the proceedings as MC. Camp, glam, hot and heavy – Kaye is the biggest bitch in heels! His outfit sparkles, his make-up is divalicious, and his switch-enhanced microphone create the unique beast that is the hottest host in town. Kaye is so intuitive – his catty, dark and debauched sense of humour cracks from his tongue, whip-quick, and his singing is impeccable.

There are many wonderful acts to praise, Laurie Hagen brings humour and sophistication to her characters – the first attempting a clumsy strip that will have you hashtagging – me after too much cab sav! There’s hilarious audience interaction – enough said, and one of the most intelligent pieces of cabaret ever – the reverse strip. Hagen begins nude, and slowly, jerkily puts her clothes on. The soundtrack is in reverse, too, although there are no hidden satan-worship messages! This number is pure genius. Hagen is a master performer.

The ladies are further represented on the aerial hoop in a sophisticated and classy display of balletic prowess, and comedy in the form of some pretty impressive roller-skating skills and a kegel-related trick that’s music to your ears and has the whole audience crossing their legs! The inimitable Dandy Wellington is the epitome of cool – tap dancing and singing his way into your hearts with the phenomenally quirky and talented band, The Unexpected Perks.

Of course, it is the dapper and charming Swizzle Boys who steal the show with their high-energy hoop tumbling act. Tensions are high as they attempt some of the craziest, madcap antics ever – jaws drop and remain firmly on the floor throughout their wonderful act. These boys are more than fun – they bring the party!

So, head on out to Club Swizzle for a night of hedonism, sexiness, sophistication, and damn good cocktails and experience the infectious atmosphere for yourself. I can guarantee, there’s nothing else like it.

 

WHEN: 27 January – 25 February 2018 | 7:00pm, 8:00pm & 9:30pm

WHERE: Club Swizzle | The Ice Cream Factory | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $39 – $79 | Duration 110 mins | Bar open half an hour before | Contains nudity | Recommended 15+ | CABARET

LINK: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/club-swizzle-fw2018

 

 

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