Reviewer: Rachael Hickman
Mary Bijou Cabaret and Social Club come together to celebrate the life and work of Sir Alfred Hitchcock in their original circus cabaret Hitch! An avant-garde, family friendly show that isn’t only for fans of The Master of Suspense, but a real treat if you do recognise the chosen selection of his films.
Introduced into a dark world of psychoanalysis by the energetic compère and co-founder George Orange, who has unfortunately been recently injured and cannot perform his usual acts in this particular show. We are smoothly transitioned through a line-up of Hitchcock’s most famous works, in which they try to find the centre between circus and theatre. The gravity defying performers have unquestionable talent, however, there is perhaps a lack of narrative to this dark comedy.
Co-founder Anna Sandreuter is a star performer, who presents an elegant but dramatic aerial rope piece based on the 1969 film Topaz as well as doing a hula hooping Marlene Dietrich impression while she prowls the audience. Alongside a twitching, hawking Chinese pole performance of Birds, a cross-dressed lip-syncing trio of Hitchcock blondes as well as pieces influenced by Rear Window, North by Northwest and if you’re lucky enough, aVertigo-inspired slack-line. Of course, you know what to expect for the finale – a duo of Marion Crane and Norman Bates, with a hanging sheet of plastic for a shower.
Although thereis a lack of music from Bernard Hermann, there are a few songs to recognise alongside originals performed by the beautiful voice of Tia-Rhian Kalmaru alongside Tom Elstob, both equipped with guitar, keys and digital beats. The sound-scape drives the tension and is a true highlight of the show. They have managed to capture the distinct auteurist style but there is room for more imagination and experimentation, perhaps it could have been bigger and sexier.
Runs until August 30,2015