United Queendom at Brighton Spiegeltent ★★★★
High-glamour circus duo Little Finch present United Queendom, a cavalcade of power-pop, fashion-fuelled circus strength, songstress sass and queer revolution.
Standout performances come from circus royalty Melanie Chy’s biker chick feats of strength and pure sex appeal (alongside Vika Voltshek’s whip-cracking hair hanger), James Gill’s steamy cyr wheel stomper, and the spectacular vocal performance of compere Cristina Gatti.
The refined glamour and Hollywood-style burlesque skills of Fallon Dee, and the cheeky drag cirque of Force Majeure, bring cabaret queendom into the future.
The core Little Finch performances are beautiful to look at, though at times a tad serious – forgetting the fun in favour of an overt focus on the dramatische. Their high-camp Jean-Paul Gaultier inspired acts are gorgeous – they pout, they look fabulous, and they create some amazing airborne shapes together – but a little more letting go with camp and cheekiness would lift the show. Saying that, Little Finch would be perfect for JPG’s Fashion Freak Show, and would liven up any fashion week runway.
The lights, sound and pumping bass across the well-chosen recorded and live music in the show make you feel like you are in an 80s disco full of rainbow colour.
A high-end celebration of the power of queens of all genders
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