Bacchanalia

At Bacchanalia, there are no rules, no inhibitions and certainly no curfew. With such a saucy name and with the room exuding a very carny atmosphere, this variety show feels a lot like a late night, adults-only indoor circus.

Bacchanalia is a delightfully raucous and audaciously bawdy party that will have you in high spirits into the wee hours.

Bacchanalia is a titillating and provocative cabaret experience which entices you to live a couple of hours in decadence and debauchery. Wonderfully facetious and unashamedly cheeky, it celebrates the often strange but definitely fabulous world of vaudeville. Every show boasts a different lineup of headline acts, so there is sure to be something to suit every taste bud.

On the night I attended there was plenty to enjoy with an entertaining mix of comedy, burlesque and acrobatics. Jon Bennett’s rabbit antics and unpoetic poems had the crowd laughing while the initially unassuming Demi Lardner played out a hilarious phone call to great comedic effect. Then there was guaranteed crowd-pleasers Lords of Strut who easily had the audience engaged with their comical panache and acrobatic prowess. The night ended on a high with seasoned comedian Stephen K Amos who effortlessly had the crowd in stitches.

Hope and Gloria, the flirty and charismatic ladies of Titty Bar Ha Ha, are the perfect hostesses, getting the crowd involved in the festivities at opportune times and keeping the vibe in the room lively and energetic. They are supported by the extremely talented dancing duo The Party Spirits who we also get to see perform individually during the show.

Bacchanalia is a delightfully raucous and audaciously bawdy party that will have you in high spirits into the wee hours. If you’re looking to end your night at the festival with some sexy cabaret served with a generous helping of high-end filth, this is the perfect late night rendezvous.

Reviews by Faith-Ashleigh Wong

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The Blurb

Bacchanalia! The party doesn’t stop at midnight! Bac-cha-na-li-a: a revelry of the very best cabaret, circus, magic, comedy and burlesque at the Fringe. Book early revellers! This is one party you don't want to miss! From the production team behind Phatcave, TittyBarHaHa, The Breakfast Club, and Bollywood/Beyonce choreographer Liz Cahalan, comes a night of decadence and filth, variety and spectacle. The Gilded Balloon will play host to some of the world’s finest travelling entertainers with each show booking only headline acts. Hosted by TittyBarHaHa and The Party Spirits, the vibe is definitely carnival. Come and get your party on!