6 August 2019

Curious Cat Cabaret - Cluny 2, Newcastle

I love a good cabaret. I've been lucky enough to see some pretty spectacular ones in London and Edinburgh, and sometimes I bemoan the fact that they're aren't many in the North East. Thankfully my multi-talented friend Hildy Harland (dancer, singer and teacher extraordinaire) has seen a gap in the market and teamed up with burlesque dancer and co-host Moxie to bring Vaudeville back to Newcastle, and not a moment too soon.

Curious Cat Cabaret
Hildy and Moxie - they got style, they got face
The Cluny 2 was a great choice of venue, just the right size with a reasonably priced bar. I knew I was in the right place due to the presence of the fierce fire-eater outside of the venue. Hildy and Moxie (both looking knockout) did a great job of getting the show started and making everyone feel  at ease. The first act was Newcastle one-liner comedian, Julian Lee who got the party started with a stream of clever puns and wordplay. Then acrobatic duo Jessi and Gaz showcased their talents (reminded myself I needed to start yoga again). I was in stitches during Svetlana's performance (real name Alanna Wilson), a Russian 'pop star' who thinks she's really going places (but has a loose grip on reality). 

Curious Cat Cabaret Newcastle
The shy and understated Svetlana
Hildy nearly stole the show as Rita, an over familiar Cockney granny who enjoys showing off her pop socks, drooling over younger men and presided over the raffle, which had some great prizes (tickets to burlesque classes and for the next cabaret included).

The irrepressible Rita, played by Hildy Harland
The reluctant, mysterious Harvey The Juggler's welly routine cracked me up, before using more traditional juggling objects and getting involved with some audience participation (they got to keep their balls). Hildy treated us to a sexy rendition of All About That Bass and then 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend' which beat 'Careless Whisper' in the Mess with Moxie challenge (Hildy reappeared to sing whilst Moxie stylishly shed her clothes). Hildy wrapped up the show with Bye Bye Blackbird (her voice is SOOOOO good) and I was inspired to go back to Burlesque classes by Moxie. I had a thoroughly good night and am already looking forward to the next Cabaret on December 7th!

Our genial hosts
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