Anya Anastasia: Rogue Romantic (3 stars)

Anya Anastasia: Rogue Romantic

Australian cabaret star takes a witty look at romance

Cabaret as a genre is intimate, alluring and subversive. It relies on establishing a strong performer-punter rapport while provoking and pleasing in equal measure. Anya Anastasia takes this definition and amplifies it, with added physical theatre, witty songwriting and the occasional handstand over someone's lap.

Rogue Romatic is a glorious romp through tales of love, sex and loneliness, where members of the audience are cast in Anastasia's unhinged saga of romance. She teases and seduces, choosing many 'one true loves', before finally deciding that she's perfectly fine on her own. In the process, we join her in a calypso-infused apocalypse love party, a fiery flamenco inspired number and an emotional ballad of heartbreak.

Backed by her all-female band, Anastasia's melismatic vocals deliver innuendo-filled original songs that parody the typical tropes of intimacy as seen in popular culture. Whether behind the piano or armed with her ukulele, maracas taped to her legs, her quirky take on the rollercoaster of emotions that come with being in and out of love is charming, if chaotic. She promises to make you fall in love with her and by the end, you can't help but be swept up in the absurdity of it all.

Assembly Checkpoint, until 27 Aug (not 14), 7.30pm, £11–£13. Preview 3 Aug, £8.

Anya Anastasia: Rogue Romantic

  • 3 stars

Anya Anastasia Feisty, feminist, fierce. Multi award-winning, internationally acclaimed cabaret femme fatale Anya Anastasia has gone rogue! Armed with a biting wit, a lust for revenge and her kick-ass all-female band. A seductive and exhilarating night of hilarious physical comedy and intense audience interaction.

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