Fringe Review: Hypernova
by Laurie Black
22 May 2019
Laurie Black returned triumphant to the Spiegeltent with a killer show of music and circus. This was cabaret at its best with a kinky, metal, goth twist. Laurie hosted with a selection of her own songs accompanied by her live band. She oozes sexiness and her easy charm makes her a fabulous mistress of ceremonies. Her hand picked performers were all top quality as you would expect and all equally gorgeous.
Electric Chesh gave a rivetting performance with her tiny hula-hoop that she flung all around her. It seemed quite a tight squeeze at times but she deftly and sexily manipulated it to perfection.
Naomi Wood gave us a sample of her strident feminist poetry which met with approval from the audience and later we discovered she was also a talented performer on the aerial ring. Good stuff.
Alfie Ordinary also gave us a song. He is the son of a Drag Queen which makes him a Drag Prince! He has a show in the Bosco Theatre called “Help! I think I might be Fabulous”. You are Alfie! Everything you want from a drag performer including a singing voice that probably needs all the costume and acting it can get but that you revel in anyway.
My Bad Sister are the sexy twins of the rave scene. In your face attitude and an eye-popping spectacle with their synchronised dancing and singing and fast tempo, high energy, beat stomping music.
The band were David Ryder Prangly, who also sang for us, and Annie Von Flange on drums. They rock!
I really liked this show for all the strong women that were brought together. Its great that modern cabaret has these women. They can stand up for themselves and can project their sexual energy along with their undoubted skills as performers and creators of art.
Keep up the good work Laurie and come back to Brighton next year.
Laurie can be seen one last time at the Spiegeltent this year at the Last Hurrah on 2nd June.
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