A Triumph of Hope over Experience

A Triumph of Hope over Experience

As a gay man whose formative clubbing years were in the glamour-obsessed 80s, drag ought to be right up my (Danny La) Rue, “dear”, but it just isn’t.  Never was. Even now I can’t see the irony in tipping up to a Soho bar in colourful wig, eyeliner and...
All About Eve: Eve Ferret at Crazy Coqs

All About Eve: Eve Ferret at Crazy Coqs

Ms Ferret and I have history.  Thirty years ago, I used to organise annual compulsory-fancy-dress Christmas parties for the architectural firm I worked for, and Eve sang at most of them usually dressed in the sort of basque and suspenders outfit that, in the pre-Ivy...
Review: The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein’s Splat!

Review: The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein’s Splat!

It’s not often you come out of a gig thinking “what just happened in there” but the overload of “The Famous” Lauren Barri Holstein’s cabaret circus, part of the Spill Festival at the Barbican, is designed to confuse and confront. Unable to analyse whilst...
Review: Tiffany Graves

Review: Tiffany Graves

If you’ve never been to Lauderdale House, you should try it. Here is a cabaret venue almost a world away from the cocktail bars and fleshpots of the West End where, in the words of compère Valerie Cutko, you can enjoy the finest acts over a plastic cup of average...
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