Champagne, exquisite showgirls, a suave oh-so-French MC, simply extraordinary aerialists, gorgeous costumes, sensual dance moves, comedy, risqué banter, sequins, feathers, barely-there lingerie.
I could go on but the capacity crowd was in raptures. Their hooting and clapping was loud and long enough to convince me that this would be the runaway hit of the 2019 Perth Fringe Festival.
Some burlesque shows labour the point but Blanc de Blanc took itself anything but seriously. There was fun in the shape of a skinny gremlin-like figure called Gerard, who was the sidekick in numerous encounters with the sleek host and, more luckily, with a couple of the gorgeous females. There was slippery onstage foam, there were bubbles floating over the audience both small gossamer balloons and hugely bouncing coloured balls being tossed back and forth by the punters and the cast.
The whole show was a tightly run example of how to stage a variety cabaret; musical cues spot on time, sound effects to the second, performers working immaculately in their short brilliant showcases.
I could list a numerous cast of exemplary acts but I won’t. They are all superb!
I have never been to the new venue The Pear Tree before but it was as good as a tent can get with deckchairs and after 42 degree heat today, pretty cool.
This show is risqué but such fun. If you are offended by displays of nubile flesh do not go. Otherwise feel as if you are a guest at the Moulin Rouge – it could not be better.
2019 Fringe World Festival presents
BLANC DE BLANC
Strut & Fret Production House
Venue: The Pear Tree | Magic Mirror Spiegeltent, 388 William St Northbridge
Dates: 21 Jan – 2 March 2019
Tickets: $35 – $89