Sunday, 11 June 2017

Everybody's at a chem-sex party except me



Mr Bourgeois and Ms Maurice are among the most unconventional of all the artistes we might have expected to encounter at the venerable Wilton's Music Hall - a venue that over the years has played host to such eccentrics as Champagne Charlie, Dan Leno and Marie Lloyd, as well as such modern-day off-beat characters as Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Marc Almond and Camille O’Sullivan.

Described variously as "guerilla cabaret", "sequin-clad satirical weirdos", "audaciously aloof and scintillatingly strange", they certainly lived up to all of the above when we went to see them on Friday...

"So there’s this weird battle throughout the show, as we’re trying to deal with this valid viewpoint of 'OK, we really want to connect with everyone. But also, we’re cunts.'"



It is really impossible to describe the experience. A delightfully cute glitter-and-glam-queen and a deadpan B52s-esque musical accompanist (and duettist, of course), cavorting off into their own wonderful fantasy world. Part panto, part alt-cabaret, part Music Hall turn, sort-of-satirical... and definitely outré!

The eyelash-and-beehive duo's show was titled How To Save The World Without Really Trying, and - through various very offbeat diversions, including digs at the government, Britishness and (hilariously) "Maurice" going off on one about MEN ("kill 'em all!"; sung in a crazed, tongue in cheek way, of course), attacks on social media fanatics and even casting doubts about their own naïveté - ended up with their mutual decision that the answer's all down to love...

...or maybe mobile phones...

...or both...


...or is it hedonism? More like it...


Regardless what may be the answer - this was a faboo night of campery, and we loved it!

If you ever get the opportunity, you simply must...

Bourgeois & Maurice

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