Friday, 15 August 2014
Cabaret review: Laughing Matters with Celia Imrie
To put it politely, Imrie isn't the best singer, but she mostly performs speak-song, which she's pretty decent at, and shows a fondness for patter songs. Her anecdotes largely revolve around how she got various notable roles, and would pretty much confirm anyone's suspicions that casting is a random business largely falling to luck: Turning up to an audition with a half-finished haircut got her The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, while a casting agent seeing her snog Harold Pinter on stage thought she'd be perfect for those three frames of The Phantom Menace she was in.
This is a bit of a ramshackle show, and seasoned cabaret performers are unlikely to have too many sleepless nights, but if you were expecting a flirtatious sexagenarian having a bit of a laugh at the expense of her own massive comedy knockers you'll get what you came for. And, between choosing songs merely as an excuse to get her dancers' tops off, sketches mostly picked for their high double-entendre content, and everyone in the room getting paper sailor hats to wear for the singalong encore, it's probably fair to say that Imrie Knows Her Audience.
Laughing Matters with Celia Imrie is booking until the 17th of August at the St James Studio (returns only.)
Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes including interval.