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Borders by Henry Naylor: An Intensely Compelling Look From Two Sides Of War – Adelaide Fringe Review
Space Theatre, Thu 14 Dec.
Is it a bar? An arena? A nightclub? A circus tent? Maybe a concert hall? Or even a theatre? Club Swizzle is a little of all of these. As audience members wander in to Space Theatre, they try to get their bearings and decide where to sit; where will the action be?
Energetic ushers/waiters have an excited urgency about them amid the hubbub of anticipation and uncertainty. Then, quick as a flash, the bar is packed up and our vivacious and sparkling MC Reuben Kaye welcomes us all to his warped and warm view of the world.
Mikey And The Nightcaps have taken up their musical places and keep the rhythms pumping all night long as a succession of entertainers come and go in quick transition. The Swizzle Boys feature regularly with their infectious brand of cocktail acrobatics, while the art of the strip tease is turned upside down by Belgium’s sexy burlesque artist Laurie Hagen. Rubber Band Boy, Shay Horay [NZ], delivers a delightfully weird cameo and Canadian Frédérique Cournoyer Lessard’s aerial hoop routine, played out in evocative lighting, was simply exquisite.
Action can appear from anywhere and keeps the audience guessing as to where to look next.
The whole show bounces along beautifully. It’s charged with an amiable energy and two hours simply fly by until it all comes to an end with Reuben Kaye showing us his softer side in a touching parting ballad.
Club Swizzle is a fabulous show and presented in a great format. Nothing is taken too seriously and yet everything is done well. This is two hours of entertaining, classy fun.
Club Swizzle continues at Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, at various times, until Sun 31 Dec.
Book at BASS on 131 246 and bass.net.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
Cover and Reuben Kaye images courtesy of Kelly Carpenter
Mikey And The Nightcaps image courtesy of Jeffrey Feng Photography