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Nigella, Love Bites - Review

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
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Bringing Sexy Back to the Kitchen
The lights come up and on stage is... Nigella Lawson. Or not quite Nigella, as it turns out, but a performer who has the look, the voice and the mannerisms down pat, right down to the red dress and glass of red wine.

Raelene Isbester, who plays Nigella, has clearly spent time studying the Queen of the Kitchen. She gives a stand out performance in Nigella - Love Bites, which is currently playing at The Butterfly Club in Carson Lane, Melbourne.

Nigella - Love Bites at The Butterfly Club
Raelene Isbester gives a convincing performance as Nigella in Love Bites

Through this cleverly written and produced cabaret show, featuring original songs and - inevitably - a cooking demonstration, the audience is given an insight into Nigella. Along the way, there are many funny lines heavily spiced with sexual innuendo. There is also a hilarious audience participation section, in which 'Gregory' acts as sous chef to Nigella, beating ingredients and shaking bottles in a most suggestive way on Nigella's insistence.

My partner Dave points out that it is as though there are two entities on stage during Love Bites - 'Nigella' and her ample backside! The latter is swished and (though I doubt Nigella would describe it thus) twerked in that sumptuous and voluptuous Nigella way that has the audience chuckling.

Just when the show is in danger of being engulfed by a chocolatey syrup of sweetness, it is given balance by shifting the focus to some of the low points in Nigella's life. The death of her first husband, her very public divorce from Charles Saatchi, and the accusations of drug abuse made by her former nanny and personal assistant when on trial for fraud are elements that make Nigella 'real' and not simply a television personality.

Somehow, despite these challenges, Nigella rises above it all, like a well risen sponge cake, to resume her rightful place as domestic goddess and queen of the kitchen.

Nigella - Love Bites at The Butterfly Club
Will the real Nigella please stand up? This IS the real Nigella, image from her Facebook page:

Featuring original songs by Shanon Whitelock, such as 'Sumptuous and Sensual' and 'Life Is Better With Pleasure', Nigella - Love Bites is an enjoyable one-hour of chocolate-coated cabaret.

Nigella - Love Bites was winner of Best Cabaret and Best Performer at The Melbourne Short & Sweet Festival 2016.

Nigella - Love Bites is playing at 8.30pm each night until Sunday 17th July. Tickets are $32 full, $28 concession. Click here to buy your tickets, or phone The Butterfly Club on (03) 9663 8107.
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Why? Luscious comedy as sweet as a chocolate fondue
When: 8.30pm each night until Sunday 17th July
Phone: (03) 9663 8107
Where: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne (off Lt Collins St, between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets)
Cost: Full - $32, Concession - $28
Your Comment
Sounds entertaining. Nigella is a very interesting and personable and obviously a great subject for the show.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7224) 1191 days ago
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