La Soirée 2016

A Festive Interview With The Newest Stars of La Soirée!

Christmas in Leicester Square | Until 8 January | 9pm | £15 – £74.50

We caught up with new stars Satya Bella, David Girard, Jarred Dewey, Acantha Lang, Olivia Porter, and Daredevil Chicken to talk La Soirée and having a crazy Christmas in London!

Satya Bella in La Soirée at Christmas in Leicester Square

Satya Bella in La Soirée at Christmas in Leicester Square

Tell us about your act, what can we expect?

SATYA BELLA: It’s not your typical hula hoop act. I’ve been working on it for a long time to incorporate lots of elements and I actually created it specifically for this season in London so there are many surprises included.

DAVID GIRARD: My act is brand new and so is my contraption, called cirQle, and it’s my first big international opportunity here in London. Everybody calls me ‘The Hamster’ because my acrobatic apparatus cirQle really looks like a hamster wheel, and it fits perfectly on La Soirée’s stage. I perform acrobatics while spinning through the apparatus. I don’t want to give it all away as I’m keen to not spoil the surprise. You’ll have to come and see it if you’re a bit curious.

JARRED DEWEY: The recipe: a static trapeze act with a sprinkle of contortion and garnished with 6-inch heels. It’s a fun number to perform. It’s a little bit sexy, a little bit queer.

David Girard in La Soirée at Christmas in Leicester Square | Photo Credit: Brinkhoff Moegenburg

David Girard in La Soirée at Christmas in Leicester Square | Photo Credit: Brinkhoff Moegenburg

ACANTHA LANG: I’m a New Orleans born Blues/Soul singer dressed in exquisite custom-made costumes by fashion designer and costumier William Wilde. Expect highly energetic performance and gospel-infused bluesy high notes as I put my own unique spin on some of the most famous soul and disco songs.

OLIVIA PORTER: Without giving too much away, it’s a juggling act to a very popular song with a bit of a twist to it. The most important thing to expect, is not to expect your “usual” juggling act.

DAREDEVIL CHICKEN: We are a married showbiz couple from Las Vegas and are madly in love with each other and the audience. We are bringing Las Vegas to London so you don’t have to go anywhere near our mad country. Dancing, magic, LOVE.

Jarred Dewey in La Soirée at Christmas in Leicester Square | Photo Credit: Dan Govan

Jarred Dewey in La Soirée at Christmas in Leicester Square | Photo Credit: Dan Govan

What are you most looking forward to doing in London for the holiday season this year?

SATYA: I love London! I’ve spent a lot of time here over the years and I’m just happy to be back. London is never boring; it’s constantly changing and I’m loving soaking in the vibe again.

DAVID: I can already feel the vibe of the holiday season and I really want to take in the festive atmosphere. I want to see other shows on our days off and go out (there are so many nice restaurants, bars and cafes around). It’s a vibrant city with culture, architecture, art and so many other inspiring things. I don’t want to be too much of a tourist, but live more like a local.

JARRED: I’m excited that it might snow! A white Christmas is so novel for an Australian.

Acasntha Lang in La Soirée at Christmas in Leicester Square | Photo Credit: Brinkhoff Moegenburg

Acantha Lang in La Soirée at Christmas in Leicester Square | Photo Credit: Brinkhoff Moegenburg

ACANTHA: I am currently based in London but I am looking forward to exploring a few tourist attractions I haven’t had a chance to visit yet such as Winter Wonderland and taking a ride on the London Eye.

OLIVIA: I’m looking forward to getting into the Christmas vibe in Leicester Square. It’s my first Christmas away from my Australian family so it will be fun to celebrate the holiday with the hilarious amazing dysfunctional family that is La Soirée.

DAREDEVIL CHICKEN: Not only are our characters married but so are we, so when we are on tour we love to explore together. Walking the winding streets of Soho looking for small one-of-a-kind restaurants, having afternoon tea (we are tea freaks), Kew Gardens, board games, more tea.

Olivia Porter in La Soirée at Christmas in Leicester Square | Photo Credit: Rob Blackburn

Olivia Porter in La Soirée at Christmas in Leicester Square | Photo Credit: Rob Blackburn

Apart from yourself, who are your favourite acts on the La Soirée bill this year?

SATYA: I know it sounds cliché or like I’m being diplomatic but I genuinely love them all. It truly is an absolutely wonderful cast who all bring that something special to create the magic that is La Soirée.

DAVID: Tough question! What I like about La Soirée is that it offers such variety and yet, all the acts are really awesome regardless of the style we usually prefer. It’s a wonderful show with fantastic pacing, which has a real flow of emotion. I’d say that Daredevil Chicken are my coup de cœur. I can be very picky especially when it comes to clowns but they really blew me away with their acts. It’s very funny, refreshing and entertaining!

JARRED: As loving parents always say “I don’t have any favourites”. It’s such an honour to share the stage with some of the La Soirée cult classics such as Ursula Martinez, The English Gents and Captain Frodo. I have grown up watching them perform most of my circus life. I’m very excited about some of the new additions to this season including Olivia Porter’s maniacal juggling act and the Daredevil Chicken’s hilariously demented banana number.

ACANTHA: I have to say Daredevil Chicken has me in stitches! So funny. The English Gents as a duo and their individual acts are just incredible to watch. I have a real soft spot for Denis Lock’s bubble act – just mesmerising.

OLIVIA: I’ve dreamt of being on the La Soirée bill for several years now so it’s just so amazing to share the stage with some of the performers I’ve looked up to for so long as well as share the stage with all the new amazing performers from all corners of the world. Everyone has something so unique to offer, there are absolutely no favourites. Or in other words, they are all favourites!

DAREDEVIL CHICKEN: We first saw La Soirée in Edinburgh when it was called La Clique. Many of our friends performed in it. It is such an honour to now be in the show with some of them, The English Gents, Captain Frodo, Ursula! So fun.

Daredevil Chicken in La Soirée at Christmas in Leicester Square

Daredevil Chicken in La Soirée at Christmas in Leicester Square

Oh, and what about NEW YEAR’S EVE!

Welcome 2017 in style at La Soirée’s spectacular New Years Eve show!

They Say:

With a special performance featuring our hottest line-up yet, LA SOIRÉE promises an unforgettable night of thrills, shocks and tomfoolery with plenty of surprises throughout the evening. And who knows, you may see a cast member or two spinning the tunes on the DJ decks! There is no better place to celebrate!

Stuart Wilson

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