Walking through the doors of Gluttony’s Speakeasy tent, we were welcomed to ‘Paddy’s Bar’ set in the 1930s (when during prohibition, alcohol was illegal and bootlegging was rampant).
The show kicked off with ‘Mini the Man-Eater’ singing a sultry yet humorous ‘Whatever Mini Wants, Mini Gets’. Mini’s on-stage charisma mesmerised the audience and she sang beautifully in her gold backless gown and striking red glitter lipstick. Her flirtatious advances to males in the front row captivated the whole audience and we all became her adoring fans!
Defying gravity was common in the next scene, which involved Australian acrobat Caz Walsh balancing on layers of glass shelving and cocktail glasses. These daring stunts were further dramatised by menacing music that was meticulously timed for each trick.
American detective Dirk Darrow appeared regularly throughout the show, causing havoc for the characters that were in possession of alcohol. They scrambled to avoid being arrested and turning Paddy’s Bar into a crime scene. Although self-confessed as ‘jaded Detective Dick’, he was likeable and kept the crowd on their toes with his quick one-liners and clever card tricks.
The show was full of surprises, from the ‘hunch man’ making balloon bouquets, to performers executing dangerous stunts with knives, chairs, brooms and pool cues.
Lighting and sound was eloquent yet dramatic; the crowd loved the 1930s jazz versions of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’, and Roxy Music’s ‘Love is the Drug’.
A highly entertaining show that has something for everyone; definitely add this to your list!
Words by Kendall Clarke