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Review: Smashed – The Brunch Party at The Spielgeltent

Smashed – The Brunch Party is the only way to start your Adelaide Cup day!

As we picked up our breakfast banquet from the amazing buffet by Meez on Plus, and snaffle a Mimosa on the way in, we were treated to a pre-show disco with Lady Marmalade and other 70s hits blaring through the glorious Speigeltent at The Garden of Unearthly Delights.

Our hostess with the mostest, Jazida, turned ‘Burn Baby Burn’ into ‘Brunch Baby Brunch’ with a gaggle of dancing avocados before we were introduced to each performer with their own individual act.

Betty Bombshell, one of Australia’s most in demand burlesque artists, kicked off with a Shania Twain cowgirl number which not only showed off her bootylicious curvaceousness, but also her comedic timing.

Malia Walsh [who can also be seen in kids Fringe show Children Are Stinky] provided hilarious acro interludes, as well as her own aerial set atop a champagne bottle – complete with fluorescent stiletto ankle boots to a mashup soundtrack of Cyndi Lauper and Britney Spears!

Next up was 2022 RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under Runner Up, Kween Kong who showed just why she is the ultimate superstar. Fab drag skills, but the infamous death drop is what we were all waiting for, and she did not disappoint! Thank god she chose dance and not rugby!

Kitty Obsidian, who was announced NAIDOC Pride Winner 2022, brought their cutting edge art [literally and figuratively] to the stage in a resplendent white ensemble complete with Archangel wings before two unsuspecting volunteers were plucked from the audience for the next act.

Slinking through the crowd like a lion prowling the jungle, came Le Gateau Chocolat, voted by Time Out London as one its Top 10 Cabaret Stars.

Wrapped in fur and wearing six-inch heels, his voice lives up to his name; smooth and velvety just like a chocolate fondue. A medley to rival all medleys, from musicals to pop to rock, this act left me wanting more, so I might just have to go check out his other show, A Night at the Musicals 3: Summer Lovin Tour.

Pint-sized Jazida wrapped the Brunch Party with her incredible, award-winning fire-breathing, costume changing burlesque routine that had the morning crowd guzzling their mimosas in fear of setting the tent ablaze!

An hour of tantalising delight with a host of fantastically queer and culturally diverse performers, Smashed – The Brunch Party will either start your day, or finish off your night right!

4 Stars


Lia Loves.

Lia Loves
Lia Loves
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