Virginia Gay - Dirty, Pretty Songs
Husky voiced soap star lacks plot but brings cabaret showtunes instead
This article is from 2012.
As Virginia Gay’s cabaret commences it’s easy to get the gist: she prowls through the audience, belts out a shiny tune and ends up writhing atop her band’s grand piano.
The Australian actress recounts a self-deprecating ‘back story’, referencing a fleeting role in now axed soap All Saints and ITV2 show Winners and Losers, the latter, a story of four girls, was a bit like Sex and the City, she explains. The fickle nature of fame and a lack of awards is the show’s tenuously woven concept; in reality Dirty Pretty Songs is a mish-mash set of sassy covers, accompanied by a frisky five-piece band.
Sexing up popular songs, Gay’s gruff voice groans about being ‘too freaky’ prior to a rendition of ‘Poor Girl’ from Fringe bedfellows Flap! – heels kicked off, bondage collar adorned and curly, blonde hair flipped. A cover of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ combines her husky tones with chiming xylophone before she retreats from the mic to deliver a striking version of Radiohead’s ‘High and Dry’.
Promising ‘a dirty song sung pretty’ an operatic/funky jazz mash up of Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ serves as the crowd pleasing encore, all executed in good humour and serving as great entertainment.
The Famous Spiegeltent, 0844 693 3008, until Sun 26 Aug, 8pm, £15 (£12).