Reviewed by Tatum Stafford
Sexy, sultry and slick – it’s not hard to see why it’s difficult to snap up a ticket to Club D’Amour this Fringe season.
Set within Paris’ red-light district, the show combines thrilling circus stunts, killer vocals, hilarious stand-up comedy and entertaining choreography in a tight 50 minutes that offers something for everyone.
The hostess of the evening was award-winning drag artist Fay Rocious as the Madam, who provided the perfect introduction into this world of fantasties and dark desires. Fay is no stranger to Fringe World, and is such a captivating and thrilling performer to watch. Amber Scates gives a thrilling turn as Voix (the voice), showcasing her powerful belt in a slow rendition of “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce.
Without giving too much away, Haydn Shadsforth gives a very memorable performance as Viande (the meat), with help from some clever staging and lighting that made for a suitably cheeky opening number. The two other male performers, Linton Aberle as Chouchou (the pet) and Anthony Tran as Morceau (the piece) were amazing to watch and brought plenty of energy and fire every time they hit the stage. Anthony’s incredible circus skills were a clear audience highlight.
The cast was rounded out by Natalie Oakes as Allume (horny) and Melina Mall as Celine (heavenly). Natalie also served as the show’s choreographer, and even after watching one dance number it’s clear that her work is remarkable. Both women gave plenty of sass throughout the performance, and their aerial duet was beautiful, and one of the most touching moments of the show.
All in all, Club D’Amour has all the raucous, sexy, and hilarious action you’d want from an up-late Fringe show. Get a ticket (if you can!)