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Hi, my name is Steph and I’m a festivalholic. Sure, it doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, but it’s definitely a thing. After each festival season comes to a close in Adelaide I delve into a deep state of melancholy. I’m going to miss the bright stage lights, the excitement of the unknown and the constant, crippling fear of audience participation.
Do I really have to wait another entire year to experience it all again?
Not this year.
Club Swizzle has come to town.
Thanks to the creative team who brought you the award winning La Soirée, Club Swizzle is a downright feast for the senses. A debaucherous combination of outrageous comedy, burlesque, cabaret, acrobatics and music.
From the 30th of December through until the 17th of January, the Space Theatre at the Adelaide Festival Centre has been transformed into the coolest bar in town. And hey, that’s a big call these days in Adelaide, but I’m sticking to it.
Now I’m going to keep this fairly short and sweet, because I don’t want to give too much away. One of my favourite things about seeing a new show is never knowing quite what to expect, that glorious and giddy feeling of anticipation when you have absolutely no idea what may happen next. Club Swizzle brings you this in spades.
Upon entering the club you are immediately blown away by the decadence of it all. You’re transported into another time and place. Be sure to leave your inhibitions at the door, you’re a guest of Club Swizzle now.
Lighting in hues of red and purple drench the tables and seating which surround the Pol Roger bar, waiters are bustling in their bow-ties. I spy many a bottle of champagne, and what the novice in me can only describe as the tallest stripper pole I’ve ever seen.
The house band, Mikey Lira and The Nightcaps kick things off with a bang, bar becomes stage and shortly thereafter you’re introduced to host for the evening, MC Murray Hill. Charming, witty and more than a little bit naughty.
Over the next two hours you are treated to a brilliant buffet of entertainment.
The super cute Swizzle Boys will have you peeking through your fingers and holding your breath while performing their feats of acrobatic excellence, always accompanied by a cheeky grin for the girls and boys in the audience.
You’ll have your mind blown upon meeting the stunning and oh-so sparkly Valerie Murzak. A Russian rhythmic gymnast bending and twirling in ways you can’t quite believe are possible. Her final performance may have been my absolute favourite part of the whole show. Mindblowingly beautiful. You just have to see for yourself.
You’ll meet the babe’n burlesque performer Laurie Hagen as she treats you to a performance which is both hilarious and sexy in equal measure, her follow up act is solely the latter and even more impressive. Winner of ‘Best Burlesque Act’ at London’s Cabaret Awards…damn, that girl can MOVE.
Mr Dandy Wellington takes you back to his hometown Harlem with some old timey jazz and a whole lot of swagger. Not going to lie, I may have had to give myself a little fan with my flyer.
Last but most definitely not least, the Swizzle team are joined by the sassy and insanely talented cabaret performer Ali McGregor. Imagine hits of new and old mixed together in a flawless operatic style. She’ll give you high notes that make your toes curl.
Before I knew it, the show was coming to an end, but oh how I wish it wasn’t. Did I really have to go back into the real world?
I left having learned a few things…
Acrobatics make my palms sweaty.
Cabaret gives me goosebumps.
Burlesque makes me feel kind of funny…
Club Swizzle is a show absolutely not to be missed and tickets are selling fast. Grab yourself a bottle of bubbles and immerse yourself in an evening of showbiz at it’s absolute best.
Tickets available here