La Soiree is a fusion show of all things fun and fabulous from cabaret to circus, burlesque to vaudeville; it’s got it all. The performance takes place at the South Bank Big Top, a huge coloured tent located just behind the National Theatre.
The show rotates a number of artists, all unique in their special talents. Many of the performers have come straight from award-winning show La Clique. La Soiree is held together by a few key performers: Scandinavian contortionist Captain Frodo, “Bath Boy” David O’Mer, tumbling duo The English Gents and cabaret chanteuse Miss Behave. Each act has its own little quirks, and fine detailing that has been perfected for the short sketches.
Hamish McCann’s Gene Kelly-inspired pole-dance routine was particularly memorable. He grips onto a lamppost, and holds his body horizontal as he walks through the air. The ease with which he performs is quite astounding considering the physical feat. I loved Captain Frodo, who captivates the audience while twisting his body and comically narrating his act throughout.
The venue is enchanting and warm, with a waft of freshly made popcorn in the air. La Soiree certainly considers the audience’s total experience. I didn’t find everything funny, and think there is perhaps a little too much clowning around, the acrobatics and tricks are so impressive I would like to see more of that area.
The best thing about it is every night of La Soiree is different so you can go again and again.
La Soiree has been extended til 27 Feb 2011. Get your La Soiree tickets here