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Bebe+Luna Present… The Cabaret Farce

Cast from Bebe+Luna Present... The Cabaret Farce. Photo: Angus Stewart Cast from Bebe+Luna Present... The Cabaret Farce. Photo: Angus Stewart
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Swathed in shimmering, skintight golden frocks and statement hair, one might be forgiven for thinking that Bebe van der Belt and Miss Luna Peach are a couple of burlesque performers preparing to strip. Although their act owes much to London’s colourful burlesque scene, The Cabaret Farce is most definitely a horse of a different colour. There may be glamour aplenty but the emphasis here is music and comedy, with the ladies trying haplessly to coordinate a jazz fusion spectacular.

The brainchild of Amy Burke and Geri Allen, The Cabaret Farce is packed with genial, slapstick comedy bolstered by powerhouse vocals and an even stronger three-piece jazz band, The Sazerac Boys. Together with their put-upon stage manager Poppy, the company lurch from crisis to crisis, but manage to deliver some cracking songs en route, from Minnie the Moocher to La Vie En Rose.

While there is nothing groundbreaking in the routine, the comedy is deftly timed and even Poppy – played by Laura Trundle – gets a chance in the spotlight. For entertainment value, The Cabaret Farce is big on comedy, but the foundation is the solid band and two leading ladies who seriously know how to sell a number.

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Verdict
A glamorous, entertaining comedy with a solid musical foundation
Paul Vale
Paul has been writing for The Stage since 1998 as a critic and feature writer. He is also part of The Stage's Edinburgh Fringe review team.
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