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Overall rating: ★★★★★ Date attended: 21/02/2019
There is no better place to be than at the After Hours Cabaret Club, where anything and everything goes. It's a space where people can get weird, hot, and sweaty with the class acts that Tash York hosts to perform for a solid hour of entertainment.
Set in a tent that replicates the likes of a speakeasy, the atmosphere is inviting, welcoming, and offers audiences with the opportunity to get to know about acts at the Adelaide Fringe that they may not have known of, prior to the show. Hosted by the gorgeous Tash York, who is dressed in a sultry black sequin jumpsuit, she is able to bring the house down with her impressive set of pipes and sing to the tunes of the myriad of seriously epic talent that is encompassed into the show over the course of an hour. Complemented by her bandmates, Ianie, Andi, Patrick, and Arthur, York kicks off the show with a jazzy number that sets the mood for the night and makes it known to us that we're in for a night of weird, sassy, naughty fun.
We kicked off the show with red-headed pocket rocket Kelly Ann Doll from Red Light Confidential, who was able to raise the temperature on stage with her burlesque and swing dancing performance that invoked a strong sense of passion, lust, and playfulness. Her ability to not only own the stage but own her body and share with the audience what it can do was mesmerizing.
Next up, we witnessed Australia's Got Talent finalist David Splatt, who is considered by most to be the master of Vaudeville. Engaging in mime, puppetry, and clowning, Splatt was easily one of my favourites! His act of making a skeleton dance to the tunes of the upbeat jazz song by Louis Armstrong (Dummy Song) was certainly a highlight, along with his exquisite skill of playing Sweet Child Of Mine with a saw and a violin bow. His tongue-in-cheek humour, coupled with his impressive skill set won my heart over instantly.
Then, we had Leopard Lass, who absolutely loves playing with fire and dispells all the dangers surrounding it, with her ability to manipulate it effortlessly. Fire twirling and fire swallowing were some of the things Leopard Lass performed for us and boy, did she do it well!
Acrobatics and gymnastics extraordinaire Emily Chilvers blew us away with her aerial skills, along with her ethereal appearance that made her freeform art of circus thoroughly appealing, enjoyable, and simply magical.
Look out for Reuben Dot Dot Dot from Cirque de Soleil, because the guy could handle his whiskey like a true gentleman and be oh-so-smooth and suave, that you'd have to take a double take on whether a guy with that much whiskey in his system to function so flawlessly. Between the shots, the cigar smoking and the act of balancing himself so perfectly through the art of gymnastics, audiences were gasping in disbelief, as he defied gravity (and vertigo!), through his illustrious showcase of his talents in circus and physical theatre.
Holy mama, Bettie Bombshell boasted the classic Betty Page hairdo, which complemented her curvy pin-up physique brilliantly, as she WOW-ed the audiences with her burlesque performances that I can guarantee you will leave you hot and sweaty for all the right reasons. There's a bit of mischief, a bit of BDSM fun, and a ton of sensationalism.
If you're looking for a place that lets you wind down with the best of the best from the Adelaide Fringe, be entertained in ways that are necessary and satisfying, and / or are looking for a great way to end a night out in town, then you can find After Hours Cabaret Club ticking all those boxes and more.
After Hours Cabaret Club will be performing at the Wonderland Spiegeltent in Gluttony, as part of Adelaide Fringe till March 16. Book your tix here.