La Clique’s incredible cabaret show is a must-see for many regular Edinburgh festival goers and like every year before, it doesn’t disappoint. It has a perfect location in The Famous Spiegeltent, and a prime time slot, and so it is no surprise to see the queue wending its way round St Andrew Square, long before the doors open into a world of glitz, glamour, jaw-dropping stunts and lively music.
This year’s show has a disco theme and unlike previous years, follows a loose storyline rather than just being a one-impressive-act-after-another kind of show. However, the acts are still incredibly impressive, from the gymnastic ability of Mirko Kockenberger, the sublime feats of strength from Stephen Williams, aerial work from Emma Goh, the burlesque abilities of Perle Noire, and crowd pleaser Craig Reid’s astonishing hula-hooping abilities, the whole cast compliment each other and are clearly having as good a time as the audience!
The show is pulled together by a number of upbeat songs, with powerful vocals from both well-known star Marcia Hines and Brendan Maclean, and the audience are up in the aisles dancing, singing along and waiting wide-eyed for the next piece of magic. And the magic is everywhere: the costumes accentuate every performer, the dancing is full of energy and the set design, although simple, is used expertly by the cast and crew to ensure every audience member gets the full La Clique experience.
Craig Ilott, the director of this masterpiece, has created a show that has the audience smiling throughout, and has a cast and crew each as deliciously wonderful as each other. Lighting, sound and superb backing singers (Chaska Halliday and Rechelle Mansour) all deserve a mention because each has helped produce a show that people will want to just keep coming back to.
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