Entertainment Hive 2017

Velvet starring Marcia Hines and Brendan Maclean

Garden of Unearthly Delights, until March 15

Review by Honey B

Director Craig Ilott creates hedonistic, fantasy worlds populated with sexy, passionate, extreme characters who dance to a seductive beat. Never has this been more so than in his latest sexy spectacular - Velvet. Ilott weaves a loose narrative through this 70s theatrical variety treat that explodes to a disco beat thanks to DJ Joe Accaria. The loose storyline sees Brendan Maclean's wide-eyed character stumble into a pumping discotheque and he transforms as he meets the eclectic performers in this hedonistic club. Pure wonder shone out of every pore of Maclean's body as he was guided through the space by the disco queen herself, Marcia Hines. Hines shone in a tight sparkly gold mirrored dress and exuded class while giving an exceptional vocal performance. She simply delighted on hits including No More Tears (Enough is Enough), You and Never Knew Love Like This Before. The sexual intensity was palpable throughout the entire production as Maclean was introduced to the eclectic characters from saucy and sassy New Orleans burlesque queen Perle Noire who scintillated in a wild tribal dance that shook all of her assets and left many audience members in awe. The fever rose as a leather-clad biker flew through the air to the Weather Girls' hit It's Raining Men and a cheeky bellhop stripped while balancing a- top a stack of suitcases. However, the star of the discotheque was the deliciously camp and comical incredible hula-hoop boy Craig Reid. Not only did the neon lycra-clad Reid twirl those bright LED shining hoops around like they were on fire, but he also looped those hoops around his body while dangling in the air. There was plenty of light and dark in this underground world and a highlight was Maclean's reinvention of the Bee Gee's Stayin' Alive on the ukulele - it was a beautifully haunting version. Of course disco fever is too much to resist and Maclean dazzled as he transformed into a feathered sparkly number to join the rest of the boogie-licious cast. This polished production is a piece of pure perfection with mind-blowing theatrics, sound and lighting. The 70s disco inferno was well and truly lit with the audience dancing in their seats and singing and clapping along to the infectious tunes, before getting up for the final hip-swivelling Last Dance.
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