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Eve Ferret – Madame Bouffant

Eve Ferret, who performs in Madame Bouffant at Cafe Koha. Eve Ferret, who performs in Madame Bouffant at Cafe Koha
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Eve Ferret first came to public attention as one of the original Blitz Kids of the 1980s, popping up in a selection of David Bowie music videos and appearing in cult Britflick Absolute Beginners. An accomplished character actor, Ferret has an equally credible career as a singer/songwriter/poet, as demonstrated in recent performances at the Crazy Coqs and Above The Arts.

Thanks to the musical theatre piano night Show Off, the subterranean bar beneath Cafe Koha is already a familiar haunt of West End habitue. Madame Bouffant sees Ferret establish her own unique residency at the venue, supported by musical director Roddy Matthews on guitar.

Ferret’s larger-than-life stage persona oozes south London charm and although evidently nervous, she still manages to entertain with an idiosyncratic set list laced with self-deprecating humour.

Numbers such as Pimlico Belle and Diva, Ferret’s signature tune, capture something of her independent spirit, whereas an elongated homage to the conciliatory effects of the Peignoir indicate the quirky nature of Ferret’s humour.

The Crazy Horses routine is a crowd-pleaser and genuinely touching moments of introspection are provided with numbers like Landesman and Wallace’s Scars, but ultimately this venue lacks the physical space for the full onslaught of Ferret’s gregarious personality.

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Verdict
Start of a refreshingly eccentric residency but Ferret occasionally overwhelms this intimate venue
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