Suggestive in its title, and full of promise, the Moulin Beige is a night of the Vaudeville featuring comedy, cabaret and variety acts. I went full of hope and high expectations. After all, I deserve a night of fun and frivolity.
The Wesley Anne is situated in a trendy part of High St Northcote
What better place to relax mid week than the old church bar, the Wesley Anne? The rendered brick and stage curtains hide little of the old church but the stage show would make the priest cringe… but everyone else roar with laughter. The graffiti in the toilet alone is great entertainment.
For me the variety and unknown is part of the fun of it… As Forrest Gump would say 'It's like a box of chocolates. You never know what you will get.' I also like the intimacy of the Wesley Anne with the performers up close and personal, trying their hardest to entertain.
The bar is popular with locals and those attending the show
As a prelude we listened to music that reminded me of old Western movies. I noticed that many of the tables were reserved. It was evident that there were a lot of regulars. The comic accordion MC, Liz Skitch quickly elicited audience participation. The oohs and Ahhs soon turned into simulated sexual overtones. The night was full of humourous sexual innuendos.
This was a warm up for the stripping to come. Both male performers revealed much of themselves and an audience member (with little encouragement) enthusiastically came onto stage to get into the excitement.
The crowd was invited to go a little bit wild, which they did. Then Jenny Wynter was introduced as a goddess of laughter. She proudly bragged about her role as a mother of three but confessed to being annoyed with kid's stupid questions. I think we can all relate to that!
Jenny created and sang an impromptu love song for Carol and Jason who had been together 21 years. Now that's talent… and so was the song. I really enjoyed Jenny's performance and I could have listened to her all night. But that would have meant I'd miss out on all the other excitement.
Then enter a fit, buff, surfy looking guy called Grant Buse. This comic guitarist also created and performed amazing musical comedy. His double pace Dr Suess style poems and songs were awe-inspiring. Grant managed to seamlessly blend original songs together about bums and then reveal his own neat package in gold hot pants.
Peta Swift (psydonym) AKA a very fit personal trainer, bounced around the stage and somehow managed to involved the audience like she knew them personally, keep moving and never miss a beat. I also learnt the etiquette of burlesque. If you want to know the rules you'll have to go find out for yourself.
The headline act and finale was an (internationally acclaimed hula hoopist) just off the plane from New York. She managed to eat a banana while twirling multiple hula-hoops. Not everyone can do that! It might seem like a weird act but I think it was a perfect way to finish the show.
The Moulin Beige is on stage at the Wesley Anne in Northcote the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm. The show only is a mere $12. To book on line click here.
You can pay for a show and meal deal (a large serve of spaghetti Bolognese or a vegetarian option for only $20) or select from the Wesley Anne menu) and have it delivered to your table during the show. We chose the Rustic plate. For only $21 we enjoyed marinated mushrooms, spicy corn, olives, carrot, pickled onions, gherkins cold meats, dips and very hot bread.
It's debatable about who was having more fun, the audience or the performers. The enthusiasm and integrity of the performers shines through strongly. They were there to make us laugh and laugh we did.
I was going to describe the show as ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous but this would underestimate the skills and talents of the performers and the entertainment value. Every month there is a totally different line up so there's still plenty of surprises to look forward to. Maybe they need a loyalty card?
It really was as sweet as. If you love a Turkish delight but don't mind if you end up with an Orange or Caramel, then you're sure to think The Moulin Beige is a bit of a treat. What better things have you got planned for a Tuesday night?
Catch Liz's performance called 'Spoilt' at the Butterfly Club as part of the 2014 International Comedy Festival.
I totally agree! It was certainly different to what I was expecting...but that was the fun of it. Ok sometimes it could be a little crude but overall I laughed and enjoyed myself..... as I'm sure most people will.