Lights, no cameras, action - La Clique is back in town. Sexy and sassy, this sensationally successful Olivier Award-winning show is a crazy mix of circus, cabaret, magic, burlesque and fun. It’s something dreams are made of - a good old-fashioned variety show with an edgy, modern twist, in which there are no fillers, no pauses for breath, no time-wasting. And who better to host it than the ebullient Brett Haylock? He not only knows how to put on a show but how to look after his audience.
The Wau Wau Sisters performing in La Clique at the Roundhouse Photo: Tristram Kenton
Gerry Connolly opens the “insignificant occasion” as the Queen, making a hilariously alternative festive speech. New York’s Wau Wau Sisters appear as hard-living heavy-metal rock chicks on static trapeze, and Clarke McFarlane as leather-clad Mario - Queen of the Circus reprises his ridiculously funny Freddie Mercury-inspired juggling routines.
Swede Carl-Einar Hackner’s magic tricks are engaging, surreal and silly, while Ursula Martinez, who just loves to undress, mystifies with her take on disappearing a hanky. And handsome new boy Sam Alvarez causes serious swooning over his number on aerial chains.
But the outstanding artists are the extraordinary comedy cabaret chanteuse Meow Meow, who drops her plummy English accent to bark commands at men in the audience - the drop-dead gorgeous Marawa performing a sizzling and skilful hula-hoop number in skin-tight leopard skin and teetering glitter heels, and the simply unmatchable roller-skating duo Jean-Pierre Poissonnet and Wanda Azzario (known as the Skating Willers), whose daredevil moves on a tiny circular stage leave people both shaken and stirred.
This is one clique everyone will be desperate to join.