- Kirstyn Smith
- 5 August 2013
This article is from 2013.
Dirty talk and outrageous songs
The dark, debauched Bernadette Byrne and ambiguous, obsessive Victor / Victoria make up EastEnd Cabaret’s all-singing, all-sexy double act. ‘It’s all about getting nice and intimate with each other’, Byrne begins, and she doesn’t take long to straddle the audience and begin to sexy up the room.
The pair’s songs are outrageous and veer perilously close to the wrong side of innuendo. Byrne (think Jessie J meets Marlene Dietrich) mixes charm with pure filth, while Victor / Victoria flits around, an overly devoted sidekick, as they purr through near-the-knuckle ditties about accidental anal sex and the dream Byrne once had about a 1980s pop star orgy on Mars. No one in the audience is safe from Byrne’s roving eye and unsuspecting punters are ‘volunteered’ to act as her Man Beast (a two-headed creature she rides across the stage).
The duo are wonderfully eccentric and painfully sharp despite Victor / Victoria’s knack with Rohypnol. Each song in Dirty Talk brings about a new wave of outrageous lyricism (think Roald Dahl on Viagra) for an exciting, if sexually confusing, evening of cabaret.
Underbelly, Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 25 Aug (not 13), 9.10pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).