Last week I was invited to check out Southbank’s new show in town – La Soirée. I’d not heard about it before, but when I mentioned it to my friend, she exclaimed that she’d been a few years before and that I should definitely go. A mixture of circus and cabaret is how she described it, but she didn’t tell me about how saucy and tongue in cheek it would be!
Unsuspecting as I was, the said friend and I got to the Southbank and found ourselves entering an old Spiegeltent – a large travelling mirror tent – all dowsed in low red lighting in the bar area, through to the stage, which was circular in the middle of the audience.
The lights went low and we were greeted by the sequinned vision that is Miss Frisky and her belter of a voice, followed by a great number of acts that both shocked and awed the audience. The biggest shocker for me was Asher Treleaven dubbed as the ‘sexual gentlemen’ (the show’s words, not mine) – I don’t want to spoil the show for anyone going, but he had me in stitches. All I will say is that I’d never have thought that a child’s toy would have such an impact on an audience.
One other act that left a mark were the English Gents… performing acts together and separately, they had us all completely transfixed. The strength (and muscles!) they have is unreal and I’ve never seen anyone do the splits like Hamish McCann. Standing… Up a pole… Yeh…!? And don’t even get me started on the crazy things one of them can do with bubbles.
One act that had me positively squirming in my seat was the contortionist that is Captain Frodo. I’m not sure if I liked it or hated it, but he did have me wanting to look away more than once!!
My friend and I were thinking the whole way through how fun it would be to come to the show with our team from work for our Christmas party – especially to see the reactions our friends would have to some of the acts. We came out of the show with one of us wanting to hit the gym after seeing the acrobats do their stuff and the other to actually become an acrobat!
If you want a fun and maybe a little bit of a risqué evening then it’s on until the middle of January, but beware of being dragged up on stage to take part in some of the show. Luckily for us, we managed to escape this fate, but some others weren’t so lucky… ;-)