Voodoo Revue

An early evening slot at the Voodoo Rooms seemingly attracts the lairiest of Scottish audiences. The Ballroom is packed with chattering, muttering and jeering crowds that are in stark contrast to the usual respectful, reverential Fringe theatre audience. But the demographic is just right for the show we’re about to see – the Voodoo revue promises the best in filthy dirty cabaret fun.Our ebulliant host Des O’Connor emerged, looking devilishly attractive in a spiked and chained outfit that perfectly matched his setting in the Voodoo Rooms. This reviewer swooned, along with most of the ladies in the audience. Des chided and heckled the rest into line and began the show with encouraging whoops, growls and moans of pleasure.The Revue features a good range of acts, which change daily, including comedy songs, Stand-Up, dancing, circus trickery and Magic. While the overall experience lacks the slick showmanship of Des O’Connor’s other cabaret show, Vive le Cabaret (yes, this reviewer has seen it, and yes, it was just for Des), it is more dirty, raunchy, and more intimate. The Voodoo rooms is a fine Cabaret venue that Des has made his own. With the Revue priced the same as Vive, you must make a decision - are you the kind of person that likes sexy, on the edge, growlingly, writhingly, deliciously raunchy cabaret? If so, the Voodoo Revue is for you. It’s certainly for me.

Reviews by Leila Battison

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The Blurb

The Voodoo Rooms throws open its doors to an orgy of excess from the dark side of cabaret and burlesque. The finest purveyors of hedonistic pleasure from around the world will leave you begging for more.

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