Review: Club Swizzle

NO STAGE NO RULES NO REGRETS After three sell-out seasons, the creators of La Soirée return to Perth with a brand new show.

Host Reuben Kaye and the Swizzle Boys © Hamish McCormick

After three years of being enthralled by La Soirée this year we get to meet its little sister Club Swizzle a darker, sexier and and all new experience.

It felt like I had dropped into a 1920s ‘speakeasy’ and in true La Soirée style we were welcomed in to Club Swizzle by the performers who encouraged us to visit the bar!

The atmosphere is eclectic and electric –  the performers add that extra swizzle mixing with the crowd and getting us all in the mood for fun before the show starts.

The police sirens sound in the distance and Club Swizzle’s live band The Unexpected Perks take to the back stage while the show’s centrepiece a 20 metre bar is packed down and becomes the main stage for the evening.

Reuben Kaye is the dynamic host who welcomes us to Club Swizzle. He’s draped in sequins, has the longest lashes and works hard to get us all in the mood with his roguish wit, stellar vocals and high energy banter.

“You could come and see Club Swizzle because it’s exciting, because of the incredible acrobatics or the outrageous cabaret or even just the alcohol but the most important thing is you come and see Club Swizzle for all those things but mainly for me,” Reuben said.

Ruby you stole the show with your charisma…he oozes what Fringe is all about and he really is the hostess with the mostess!

Swizzle Boys © Prudence Upton

The four Swizzle Boys get the show going with their high energy acrobatic skills and keeping with the bar theme mix drinks during the act.  These gentlemen charm the audience with their tumbling tricks and epic drink making skills. Who knew making a cocktail could be such hard work?

Amy G puts on her roller skates and struts her skills on and off stage throughout the night in a rush of drinks and comedy and her other act… well I’ll leave that one for a surprise when you go see the show.

Laurie Hagen is the show’s burlesque queen with three different acts to wow audiences from a reverse strip tease to a tango with a unsuspecting audience member, she sizzles.

Fringe is about audience participation and Club Swizzle does it well – don’t be shy just get up and have fun.

New Yorker Dandy Wellington sings and taps his way through some songs from the big band era and get set to be mesmorised as aerial hoop star Yammel Rodriguez smokes her Cuban cigars, during her seductive and highly skilled performance high up above the bar.

The concept of the bar as the stage is unique, drinks are an essential part of the show and during interval it comes back to life serving drinks for the audience. Reuben and cast members chat to everyone throughout the interval and it just adds to the Club Swizzle atmosphere.

It’s an incredible cast, the perfect mixture of mischief and entertainment, I left my troubles at the door and laughed for a good couple of hours. Club Swizzle is a show not to be missed!


Club Swizzle

25 Jan to 4 Mar 2018
The Ice Cream Factory
100 Roe St, Northbridge

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