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Published July 3rd 2017
Let your inner kid meet your outer adult
It's the middle of winter, a time we don't often go out for late night adventures - especially not on Sunday nights - but I have found something worth going out for. The After Hours Cabaret Club at the Melba Spiegeltent takes place on the first Sunday of every month and it is a whole barrel of adult good times just waiting for you to come and join in.
The After Hours Cabaret Club has cabaret star Tash York as their songstress emcee and they are Australia's only variety show with an in-house 5 piece band. Believe me, these musicians are good! With their own special variety of swing jazz they warm up the room and back up York's sensational vocals with energy and sass which keeps the audience enthralled and enthused.
The show is produced by international burlesque artists Maple Rose and Miss Bettie Bombshell. Bombshell joined in the fun last night with two very sexy routines worthy of her status as Burlesque Hall of Fame competitor. Maple Rose, on the other hand, took a slightly less in your face approach and introduced us to something no one has ever seen before. I won't tell you too much about Burlesque Rex, but suffice to say his debut on stage brought the house down with laughter and cat calls and more hilarity than I have seen in a room in a very long time.
In the true definition of variety show, we were entertained by an amazing array of juggling, acrobalancing and David Splatt did a hilarious and heart-rending puppet mime routine. Oh, and he plays the hand saw exceptionally well too.
Amongst all of these hijinks and frivolity, York belts out musical classics and shows off her skills as a children's entertainer with a balloon act of great mirthful proportions. The evening wrapped up with the funny feminist antics of the iconic Glitta Supernova.
The line up changes every month depending on who is in town because this show not only the features local artists, but also brings national and international guests to join the after-hours fun. The After Hours Cabaret Club is a wild and raunchy night of adult entertainment but these people know it is the last moment of madness before Monday morning, so they let us explore the kid inside us all with a bunch of silliness to round out an evening of extraordinary skill and artistry. Book one of the cabaret tables and share a bottle of bubbles with your friends. The perfect way to end an old week and prepare for a new one.