Cat Loud's Big Night In (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Cat Loud's Big Night In

A naturally entertaining, smooth cabaret diva

Cat Loud is a smooth cabaret diva in sequins and velvet, with an alter-ego in a onesie and slippers. The first narrows come-to-bed-eyes and beckons with a jewelled finger, the other hides away under a blanket, eating pizza. She tweets about her show with the hashtag #SexyCosy, which sums up the mix of sass and soft in her routine; ‘People go to bed with Cat, and wake up with me,’ she shrugs.

Opening with old-timey showtunes in a Scottish accent (‘That’s Why This Lass is a Tramp’, ‘Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps’), she reworks Queen’s ‘Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy’ for some predatory audience interaction, and slows down Miss Dynamite’s ‘It Takes More’, spelling out what she’s looking for in a man. Hiding behind a leopard skin curtain, she then re-emerges in her pyjamas, and continues singing unplugged, accompanied by the perfect foil, Finn Anderson, on keyboard and accordion. ‘Hounds of Love’ and ‘She’s Always a Woman’ take on a melancholy, reflective tone, but the kitten regains her claws for the finale.

A natural entertainer, maybe amping up the split personality angle would help push this warm, likeable show beyond the realms of pleasant lounge into something more dark and mysterious.

Laughing Horse at Moriarty’s, 228 5558, until 30 Aug, 1.55pm, free

Cat Loud & Finn Anderson

Double bill with cabaret performer Cat Loud and musician Finn Anderson.