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The Boy From Oz : Review – Trevor Ashley’s Liza (On An E)

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It’s an old joke to suggest drag queens are “big down under” but Trevor Ashley’s production credits suggest he’s packin’ antipodean theatrical heat.   In his native Australia, he played 600 performances as the curtain-raising Miss Understanding in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and a year as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. His one-man fourteen-diva cabaret show […]

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Review: Alison Jiear – Under The Influence

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Jerry Springer The Opera‘s plump poledancer Shawntel, the irrepressible Alison Jiear delivers a powerhouse crowdpleaser at the St James’s clubby Studio. In 1988 my Antipodean workmate took me to a show featuring the music of the 60s Girl Groups called ‘The Fabulous Singlettes‘ a close-harmony trio in wasp-waisted dresses and towering beehives. Like everyone else, I […]

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Review: Miss Hope Springs (Crazy Coqs)

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As a gay man whose formative clubbing years were in the glamour-obsessed 80s, drag ought to be right up my (Danny La) Rue, “dear”, but it just isn’t.  Never was. Even now I can’t see the irony in tipping up to a Soho bar in colourful wig, eyeliner and chest hair, and the historical drag […]

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Review: Eve Ferret (Crazy Coqs)

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Ms Ferret and I have history.  Thirty years ago, I used to organise annual compulsory-fancy-dress Christmas parties for the architectural firm I worked for, and Eve sang at most of them usually dressed in the sort of basque and suspenders outfit that, in the pre-Ivy Paige eighties, was considered beyond daring.  My favourite memory is […]

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Review: Eve Ferret (Crazy Coqs)

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Ms Ferret and I have history.  Thirty years ago, I used to organise annual compulsory-fancy-dress Christmas parties for the architectural firm I worked for, and Eve sang at most of them usually dressed in the sort of basque and suspenders outfit that, in the pre-Ivy Paige eighties, was considered beyond daring.  My favourite memory is […]

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Review: The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein’s Splat!

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It’s not often you come out of a gig thinking “what just happened in there” but the overload of “The Famous” Lauren Barri Holstein’s cabaret circus, part of the Spill Festival at the Barbican, is designed to confuse and confront. Unable to analyse whilst it was happening, I took to merely noting down the events […]

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Review: The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein’s Splat!

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It’s not often you come out of a gig thinking “what just happened in there” but the overload of “The Famous” Lauren Barri Holstein’s cabaret circus, part of the Spill Festival at the Barbican, is designed to confuse and confront. Unable to analyse whilst it was happening, I took to merely noting down the events […]

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Review: Tiffany Graves

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If you’ve never been to Lauderdale House, you should try it. Here is a cabaret venue almost a world away from the cocktail bars and fleshpots of the West End where, in the words of compère Valerie Cutko, you can enjoy the finest acts over a plastic cup of average wine. The Tudor pile sits […]

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Review: Tiffany Graves

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If you’ve never been to Lauderdale House, you should try it. Here is a cabaret venue almost a world away from the cocktail bars and fleshpots of the West End where, in the words of compère Valerie Cutko, you can enjoy the finest acts over a plastic cup of average wine. The Tudor pile sits […]

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Review: High Jinks with the Hamiltons (Edinburgh Fringe 2011)

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The fall from grace of former Tory MP Neil Hamilton in the ‘cash for questions’ affair is now such ancient history and eclipsed by so many greater political scandals that there must be an entire generation of audience who know him only as a foil to the ebulliently bossy stage persona of his wife, like […]

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Review: Cowardy Custard (Richmond Theatre)

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Kit and the Widow are a sophisticated and enduring cabaret act of much skill and polish, at least when not reading the words from a music stand.  Dillie Keane, founder and stalwart ofFascinating Aida has become the sort of national comedy institution round whom people should be taken in boats to marvel at her brilliance, […]

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Review: Girl Talk, I Am Woman (The Pheasantry)

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Liza Minnelli may have taught us that Life is a Cabaret old chum but for many mature women it comes with a whiff of vodka and regret.  When brandished at men like a blunt weapon this can cause politicians to question whether feminism is still relevant, but when set to music it can be transformational. […]

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Review: Caroline O’Connor – The Showgirl Within (Garrick Theatre)

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Going to a one-woman show with a big West End diva. Caroline O’Connor. Who? You know, she’s British but very big in Australia, was in the Sondheim Prom and played the taxi driver in ‘On The Town’ at the Coliseum … judging by Tuesday’s audience it was the most gay, geeky or Australian show-tune fanciers […]

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Review: Karen Akers (Pizza On The Park)

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Why should you go to a basement venue condemned for redevelopment to hear a tall slender American woman you probably haven’t heard of sing the works of a long-dead composer and lyricist? Because, trust us, you should. For three good reasons. One : Karen Akers has a ten-album back-catalogue (much of it available on Amazon, […]

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Review: Megan Mullally (Vaudeville Theatre)

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You could be forgiven for thinking that a sitcom actress who pockets thirteen million dollars a season for Will and Grace might indulge herself with any kind of vanity project including hiring a band and the Vaudeville Theatre for a debut week in the West End. But this isn’t a vanity, Mullally has worked with […]

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