Returning for the Gluttony Cabaret Fringe Festival after a successful run at the Adelaide Fringe earlier this year, a night of debauchery is what the After Hours Cabaret Club promises, and, it delivers. Hosted by cabaret queen Tash York, whose expert interactions with the audience are peppered with profanities, this show is not for the easily offended.
With a perfectly curated mix of burlesque, cabaret and everything in between, anything goes, After Hours.The first act, Miss Burlesque Victoria, Bettie Bombshell, whose impressive routine showcased the best of burlesque, definitely brought the temperature up a couple of degrees. While it may be chilly outside in Adelaide, it certainly isn’t with Miss Bettie in the vicinity. Cold towel not included, best you bring your own.
Clara Cupcakes, aids in returning the audience back to reality, with a comedic routine where, you’re really not sure where it will take you. Nonetheless, desired effect is achieved.
Burlesque? Tick. So, bring on the boylesque, with Archie Arsenic, whose routine promised a sensual experience for the senses. Prepare for tingles down the spine as Archie’s routine will have you both squirming in your seat, feeling the heat and picking up your jaw all at the same time.
If Archie made you squirm, you best look away from sideshow act Malachi Frost, who proves that perhaps a trip to Bunnings can be interesting. While his feats are not for the faint of heart (or stomach), somehow you begin to rethink the use of power tools.
Reprising the stage again to close the show is Clara Cupcakes, armed with just her comedic talent and a few hoola hoops, for a short circus routine.
For the unconventional and those who don’t believe in gender conforming norms, the After Hours Cabaret Club serves up spectacular entertainment. The only criticism is the hour long running time, because as it draws to a close, you will find yourself wanting more.
Brilliant burlesque and cool cabaret, four and a half stars out of five.
Words: Renee Lambi