Creator/Director: Craig Ilott
Reviewer: John Roberts
Prepare to go back in time, when Disco was the diva, when people just wanted to get down and boogie, let their hair down and dance… Velvet allows you to do just that and more… throw in some stunning music and the best in cirque/burlesque variety into the mix and you have one hot, steamy and hedonistic evening on your hands
Director Craig Ilott has managed to seamlessly fuse a variety show with a disco edge, loosely following a story of a man on an a search to find himself among the colour and contradictions of life. Not everything is black and white and certainly this disco delight is anything but that.
Disco legend Marcia Hines headlines the cast and belts out some timeless classics with with sheer professionalism and is backed by stunning vocals from Chaska Halliday and Rechelle Mansour. Arial acrobatics delight the crowd and the physical prowess displayed by the chiseled frame of Stephen Williams turns up the heat. Perle Noire delivers a feisty piece of burlesque while singing sensation Brendan Maclean delivers quirk and style alongside powerhouse vocals throughout. Show stealing with his cheeky and larger than life persona Craig Reid spins the crowd to dizzying heights.
The atmosphere is electric and the ambiance is pushed through thanks to Joe Accaria’s slick dj’ing and mixing, acts are timed to perfection to the tracks which really do pump up the volume. Matthew Marshall has brought a stunning lighting design which showcases the era brilliantly but also serves the acts exceptionally well, this is a design that on one hand is colourful and vibrant and the next mysterious and sculptic.
Velvet is everything you could want from an evening of variety and delivers a party with a capital P. This is a night of sensual delights, hedonistic highs and and pitch perfect performances.