Review | Laura Money
Out and about on a Friday or Saturday night and don’t want your FRINGEWORLD experience to end? Are you left wanting more after the regular cabarets are over? Fancy a late night tipple? Then look no further than Night Cap and end your evening with a bang! Join local burlesque star Whisky A’More as she brings a stellar line-up of subversive, innovative, and artistic burlesque acts. This isn’t a show for those seeking glitter and sequins – it’s a thinking person’s cabaret – so sit back and ponder and let the crew from Night Cap stimulate your intellect.
Opening the night is Whisky A’More herself, the boss-bitch firmly in charge of her crew as the squad entertain with a very sexy group number. It sets the tone for the night – sophisticated, inclusive, and goddamn hot! Hosting this sensual evening is the fabulous Barbie Q and we couldn’t love her more. She is quick with a quip and has a razor sharp tongue but believe me, you’ll be begging to get a few cuts by he end of the night! She calms the rabble and is in genuine awe of the acts. Plus, she’s just plain hilarious!
Night Cap puts Perth talent centre stage and celebrates the innovation and artistry borne out of isolation. There really must be something in the water over here as all of these acts are unique and explore interesting themes within society. From the phenomenal Scarlet Adams – the first Drag Queen to win Miss Burlesque 2018, to the flexible Karl Kayoss – winner of Mr Boylesque 2017 we see diversity and difference celebrated here. Adams is a delight to watch. She is all class – a dangerously sexy mix of Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe with silky moves, she will keep you on the edge of your seat. Kayoss is a new favourite of mine! His costuming is wonderfully subversive and blurs the line between gender and body identity. He decides what is covered and what isn’t – reclaiming dominion over his own body, keeping the audience in a trance-like state with his hypnotic supple movement.
Both Lulu Liqueur and Wild Kat keep you on your toes with their unique stylings and whip-cracking entertainment. You’ll probably want to go home and watch Star Wars after the Princess Leia inspired costume – and I’m not talking the buns – you know which one I mean. There are sultry sounds from songstress Malaika Moon, whose flawless tone brings a hell of a lot of sex appeal to the crowded tent. She croons Mein Heir from Cabaret and has every breath caught in anticipation – each note more perfect than the last.
Of course, it’s not all safe – be prepared for the firey antics of Smokey LaBare whose blend of humour, sex appeal and sizzle factor will keep you burning for hours. her routine is funny and sexy and dangerous – the perfect combination for late night burlesque! Perhaps the most subtle performance comes from the legendary Whisky A’More in the most understated and classy headline act ever. Stepping out like a naughtier Judy Garland in Get Happy – suit jacket, fishnets, fedora and not much else – A’More proves that classy is always best when it comes to burlesque.
So, go and have a few stiff drinks – cap off your night with a clever and stimulating evening of burlesque, sex appeal, subversion and fun. Don’t miss out on this Night Cap.
WHEN: 8 & 9 February | 15 & 16 February 2019 | 11:15pm
WHERE: Shambles | WOODSIDE PLEASURE GARDEN
INFO: Tickets $27 – $30 | Duration 60m | Age suitability: 18+ | Content warning: Nudity, Coarse Language, Strobe Lighting, Smoke Effects, Sexual References, Loud Noises | WA ARTISTS | CABARET