If 'The Great Gatsby' has a sexy (but oh-so-sweet) evil twin - I think she just rocked up to Newcastle! BLANC de BLANC in the Spiegeltent - Civic Park Newcastle (27th March - 15th April). 'From the brilliant creative minds behind Madonna's Rebel Heart tour'.
Enter if you will, dare to partake, it's a fantasy land - without any brakes!
She teases, she flaunts, she wraps you in velvet and grandeur and sequined seduction and instantly orders a round of audience gasps, and cheers and stupefied sighs: "Tell me, where have you been?" ... (an exquisite cabaret, circus, burlesque, dance, comedy and acrobatic extravaganza impressing audiences from Sydney Opera House - to London's West End) - quite the prestige!
Heads spin, twist, arch and ache (in a good way) - all in that desperate, occasionally flagging attempt to keep up with the resplendent 'roll you like you were dice' performance. Her intentions are good though. I think.
Bubbles burst against washboard abs, music swirls about deliciously (much like something else you may have consumed - there are two bars, one inside, one out). Tears flow just as freely as the bubbly - in the throes of that painful laughter: prompting poor, contorted, gentlemanly stranger to wonder if he should commence C.P.R, or, at the very least - shield your eyes. But he can do neither, because he's in the same boat .... tent .... BEAUTIFUL tent! Essentially, it's every man / temporarily incapacitated 'plus-one' for himself, but with a knowing, sympathetic gaze.
Audience participation is big. So if you're not fond of the limelight (no matter how spectacular that lighting is), don't think that not making any eye contact will necessarily help in the: 'don't pick me, I'll have a heart attack' stakes. It doesn't work. And everyone loves it going by the reactions, because it absolutely adds to the frivolity. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, some of the NBN crew may have come perilously close to ending up in the spa with one hilarious 'host' (shortly after intermission there), the host wearing little more than a thick gold chain and a sensational smile!
If I could liken the mood to anything, it would be the fun - risque - reckless abandon 'Gaelic Storm' scene from Titanic ... or your older brother's bachelor pad from way back when (but first-class all the way). 120 minutes of almost unimaginable awe-inspiring artistic splendour. If you were being cheeky, the one thing that you might possibly say was missing would be a row of cold showers upon exit. But then, Nobby's is just up the road if you need to cool off! It really is the ultimate, magnificently mischievous 'merry-go-round'. One that just has to be ridden.