Last week I saw the cabaret comedy 'The Road to Stockholm' at The Butterfly Club in the Downstairs bar. This is an epic Ukrussian soap opera style cabaret about Lenka Polyenka (Jessica Papst) and Boris Eduardovich(Matthew Hadgraft) quest for fame at the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden.
Boris and Lenka in the green room - image courtesy of Boris and Lenka
Lenka Polyenka is a YouTube tragic addicted to performing renditions of Roxette songs and is desperate to top the charts. Boris Eduardovich is an over zealous flagrant body obsessed talent from Russia with a large following of women with an obsessively jealous talent agent Gail English.
By 'coincidence" Lenka sends a love letter to Boris and one of her YouTube clips goes viral via his channel. They meet and decide to plan their own success by making the best Eurovision song ever.
The Road to Stockholm is the full disaster soap opera cabaret with a hint of Austin Powers ('The Spy who Shagged Me'); there's dance, doof-doof, puppetry, lycra, leather, glitter, a poisoned pizza, letter bomb and close call car crashes in this cabaret. Its clever lyrics are simultaneously funny and quirky.
As an audience member, I just wanted more - more songs, more dancing and more music. More songs and less script would give both performers more air time to display their fabulous singing and dancing. I look forward to further episodes of Lenka and Boris adventures soon.