Scottee

Cabaret XXL

Birmingham Rep Door

*****

CLEAR a Thursday night in your diaries for the next few months if you can and head over to The Door at the Birmingham Rep for what promises to be one of the most entertaining cabaret nights in the city.

Cabaret XXL is a new once a month event with a future programme, that’s packed with a fusion of some of the UKs most glamorous, outrageous and fun packed acts.

The continuing popularity and revival of Burlesque and new cabaret style acts has signified a culture shift in entertainment over recent years and London venues have been successful in catering for this.

Now Birmingham gets a taste and unlike the usual club venue, where many acts like this perform, at the Birmingham Rep they are supported by all that a professional theatre can offer along with  the technical staff to elevate the quality of the performances.

Billed as a range of bawdy burlesques to delight and excite, the first night featured British entertainer Scottee acting as a larger than life game show host and his pretty assistant Lucy and it certainly lived up to the hype.

Think of an audience fuelled Generation Game with the host adorned in fur, feathers and sequins and you won’t be far off imagining what the evening was like. While most of us were called upon to act out a small party piece, there was no pressure or belittlement of those not too keen to be involved.

Indeed, if from the outset you dread any form of audience participation then again don’t worry. The hosts easily made you feel like you were among friends encouraging co audience support for whatever `talent ‘ great or small appeared, and all vying for the token prize of a bar of Toblerone

With such an element of risk and originality it fell to the skills of Scottie and Lucy to keep the laughter from fading, injecting a few entertaining segments such as a live version of Jaws by Origami before calling upon another audience member to perform.   

As the shows are timed to begin at 9.30 on the night and your ticket includes a pre-show drink, the evenings promise to be an ideal icebreaker if you are then off out on the town, with the Broad Street nightlife just a short walk away. Alternatively, if you just fancy an entirely different theatre experience, one where they is no rush to get to after work nor to stay out that late for, then Cabaret XXL could be just what you need.

If the high standard set on this inaugural evening with Scottee and his scantily clad assistant Lucy is anything to go by, then over the coming months, they may well be saying that at The Door on a Thursday night, life is a Cabaret XXL old chum.

Jeff Grant

28-01-16

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