Club Swizzle – a cabaret night of fun-filled debauchery
Fancy a glorious night out of irresistible fun? Look no further, Club Swizzle has taken over the iconic Roundhouse in Chalk Farm with a brand new show from the multi-award winning creators of La Soiree, making its UK and European premiere.
The Roundhouse makes a perfect cabaret venue with its spherical frame. As I arrived the live band were playing and the evening was already in full swing; members of the audience had been invited to buzz around the central cocktail bar and enjoy a drink with a host of glamorous looking Parisian style barmen, come Swizzle Boys at their service, putting everyone firmly in mood for a night of fun and frolics.
Then before your eyes, the audience are swiftly ushered away to their seats, chairs fly elegantly through the air courtesy of the Swizzle Boys and the bar becomes a runway stage, ready for the show to begin.
At its helm as the Master of Ceremonies is the sensational Reuben Kaye (Winner Best Cabaret Show, Adelaide Fringe 2017), a real cabaret star in the making, who I was recently won over by when I saw him at Café de Paris. He has a remarkable presence and a bittersweet acerbic wit which cuts to the bone and puts any member of the public who chooses to engage with him (and some who don’t) firmly in their place, but not without charm and he managed to have the audience in stitches of laughter from the outset. Kaye also has a great voice and his excellent opening number whipped the audience up no end.
The melee of outrageous yet highly talented acrobats, comedians, singers and cabaret performers managed to successfully create an evening of fun-filled debauchery and entertainment.
Highly popular were the tantalizing Swizzle Boys who managed to shake up more than a good cocktail with their breathtaking acrobatic feats, and with such a charming sense of camaraderie; jumping through hoops, climbing poles and making jaw-dropping human towers, all made to look entirely effortless.
Captivating Burlesque artist Laurie Hagen has great comic timing and performed a racy drunken reverse striptease and took a member of the audience humiliatingly through his dance steps amongst other highly entertaining numbers; she is a real cabaret talent.
Aerial artist Yammel Rodriguez performed an extraordinarily beautiful hoop act, which had her contorted into unimaginable positions whilst suspended from the rafters with the audience looking up in amazement, plus she dangled herself from a single strap in a highly accomplished yet super sassy manner. Dandy Wellington’s tap dancing routines brought a smile to my face.
But at the end of the day, it was Reuben Kaye who won everyone’s heart with his fabulous sharp wit, and there was great amusement in the house when he cleverly managed to entice two innocent members of the audience up on stage and got them pole dancing, you get the picture!
Club Swizzle is sure to be a great success, it delivers plenty of cheek and swagger whilst springing some delightful surprises; intoxicating stuff, and what I call a proper night out.
If you fancy making a night of it and are looking for somewhere to eat in Chalk Farm or Camden then do check our review of Inamo Camden
Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 8EH
Showing from 4 August to 26th August 2018
Box Office 0300 6789 222
Prices from £10 (+ booking fee)