The ever wonderful Gossamer Thread Vaudeville Co. took its latest show to Norwich Playhouse for the latest Curious Cabaret which proved to be a deserved sellout in what I think was their best show to date.
Hosted by Lili La Scala the night featured a varied and high-calibre billing, some breathtaking hoop stunts from Gossamer Thread’s Daisy Black, mind reading from partner Alex McAleer, burlesque from Lena Mae, music from GM regular, the wonderfully creative and prolific Kimberley Moore, Daisy and Alex together as Carny and the Tramp, plus my first time seeing the hilarious Boy With Tape on his Face. Two sets spanning over two hours in total held a wildly enthusiastic audience raptly entertained throughout.
Daisy’s two sets included one with neon hoops in the first half and a stunning aerial hoop finale in the second, both drawing loud cheers and applause.
Lili La Scala is always a perfect compere but also a wonderful singer in her own right too giving unique music hall interpretations of Radiohead’s Creep and Alice Cooper’s Poison, complete with hilarious introduction.
Once again Alex left the audience speechless with his mind reading skills in much the same way that Derren Brown does, amazing and very funny too. Kimberley Moore also managed to touch people with her multi-layered compositions, as an onion on this occasion no less!
Lena Mae thrilled the crowd with two sensational burlesque routines, ending her act by pouring a bottle of champagne glitter over herself (and the front row) leading Lili to remark: “Glitter, the gift that keeps on giving … the cabaret herpes; you’re never getting rid of that!”, and The Boy With Tape on His Face was hysterically funny, like a French cartoon come to life with wild expressive eyes and bonkers, surreal humour which totally hit my funny bone. Duelling Banjos will never seem the same! He returns to the Playhouse in September and I for one want to be there.
A massive well done to Gossamer Thread who even though I have seen their shows many times now still managed to wow me with some top class creative, inventive entertainment, the show had everything one could wish for. Highly recommended.
Afterwards I made my way to the NAC hoping to catch the end of the Tilting Sky gig headlined by Jake Morrell ahead of his Glastonbury appearance. The bill also included Lee Gordon and Hot Raisin with Hello Bear, and Rhiannon Mair … all of whom I missed though I did catch a good half hour or so of Jake’s set which included a guest appearance by Rhiannon. As soon as I arrived I was struck by the great atmosphere at this gig, as well as the excellent sound. There was so much positivity and friendliness in the room. Bumping into several friends they all said how fantastic the line up was and how impressed they were with everyone on the bill.
The next Tilting Sky event at the Arts Centre is on 7 July and features the magnificent Morganway, as well as one of Addison’s Uncle’s last gigs, Liberty Popey, and SJ Mortimer.
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