The Lulu Show: Life on the Never-Never
  • By M Johnson
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  • 22nd Aug 2017
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  • ★★★★★
  • 2144

The Lulu Show: Life on the Never-Never is exactly what you want from a cabaret. Hilde Louside’s sly and sexy piece examines the financial crisis – via burlesque, jazz and sharp humour. Lulu and her jazz trio are a masterclass in blending tradition and pushing what is possible with the form.

As much educational information as a problem play, with a better sense of humour

Lulu’s routines are subversively funny, energetically and stylishly performed; the lyrics are witty and darkly clever, and the songs catchy. The choreography oozes glamour and panache, as Lulu burns though a huge number of costume changes and stage tricks; clothes on, only to come off again. Her distinctive sultry singing voice pairing beautifully with the atmospheric classic jazz. Also the vignettes contain as much educational information as a problem play, with a better sense of humour.

This is the ideal show to be taking place in a dark basement. With its flawless vintage aesthetic it looks right at home slotted under the Rose Theatre. This is an excellent, educational burlesque show I would recommend to anyone as it works for established and new cabaret fans. Also for anybody interested in innovative ways of exploring complex ideas onstage, such as the financial crisis. 

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The Blurb

A witty, sexy cabaret on shoes, finance and other perversities. Norwegian multi award-winning actress and singer Hilde Louise is Lulu. Accompanied by her swinging jazz trio, she undresses the pleasure of spending money we don't really have and how the bank becomes your pimp, revealing the secret suicide pact of the financial industry. The ultimate guilty pleasures we don't want to talk about. Coming from one of the richest countries in the world, Lulu gives a masterclass on how to go bankrupt with style.