Entertainment Hive 2020

Club Swizzle featuring Murray Hill and Ali McGregor

Adelaide Festival Centre, Space Theatre until January 17

Review by Honey B

Adelaide has a new speakeasy - Club Swizzle. This new prohibition-style bar has been set-up in the Space Theatre until January 17 and it's a must-see venue/performance space. On descending the stairs to Club Swizzle, patrons are greeted by a fully functioning bar with a variety of cocktails and some champers. There are also the exquisitely dressed Swizzle Boys (Joren Dawson, Tom Flanagan, DJ Garner & Ben Lewis) who shook-up cocktails behind the bar and on top of it. Entertainer and MC Murray Hill was mingling with the crowd and having a good chat. Then in a surprise move, the Swizzle Boys closed the bar, wiped it down, added some more tables and seats and turned the whole scene into an underground, late night, cabaret/vaudeville bar. The bar/stage was a true highlight and was a moving, interchangeable beast as each act used the space in a unique and different way. All the way from New York, MC Murray Hill kept everyone in line with his slick banter and as his spiel goes he was definitely the man who "put the king back in f***king funny''. Hill created a genuine ease with the audience along with a ripple of nervous energy as what was to come next. The Swizzle Boys were certainly the hardest working troupe on the night as they kept the action moving and were the backbone of the show. These four boys performed with such showmanship, ease and charm - they certainly stole a few hearts. Devine songstress Ali McGregor has already won the hearts of Adelaideans with her numerous Fringe and Cabaret performances and her role as co-artistic director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival with Eddie Perfect. Miss McGregor was simply delicious as she sang several of her signature tunes including Radiohead's Creep - she can sing and swing. Her outfits were dazzling and gorgeous. Laurie Hagan was the good girl gone bad as she performed two wonderful burlesque acts, one of which entailed a reverse strip and the other was a hilarious drunken strip. Russian contortionist and performer Valerie Murzak was a pure vision atop a giant glittery disco ball - her rhythmic performance was breathtaking. From Harlem, New York Dandy Wellington made a spectacular Australian debut as he tap-danced and sang into the packed crowd's hearts. The dapper Wellington was impeccably dressed and he did not put a foot wrong. He was a well-dressed treat. Of course, no underground bar would be complete without a wonderful soundtrack and providing the live beats were Mikey and the Nightcaps - true professionals. There's no doubt Club Swizzle will go on to travel the world and it is an exciting fact that concept and creative producer Brett Haylock is an Adelaide lad through-and-through. He has created a very clever show which follows on from the highly successful La Soiree and La Clique. Don't miss the underground vibe of Club Swizzle.
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