Review: Sassy Saturdays at BackCOUNTER, Vauxhall

So we popped along to Sassy Saturdays this weekend, and it most definitely lives up to its name.

The evening begins with a collection of  BackCOUNTER’s amazing cocktails – these are the perfect sidekick to an evening of camp cabaret and sassy shenanigans. But if you’re not a drinker never fear, the food on offer is brilliant as well. We indulged in the sea bass – which was heavenly – along with a side dish of mac and cheese balls… Yes that sounds slightly bizarre, but trust us, it’s fantastic.

It’s so nice to see a relatively new venue in the centre of Vauxhall, providing a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere to the LGBT+ community. God knows we’ve lost enough venues in recent years, so it’s great to see a new addition to the family doing so well.

Now let’s get to the show.

Hosted by the fabulous international show girl, Ivy Paige, who’s sassy… And a whole lot more!

Dressed to kill, but performing to dazzle. She knows how to handle a crowd, no matter what the punters threw at her, Ivy held her own throughout, and the clientele loved her. From witty humour to a sexy show tune or two, Ivy certainly is the hostess with the mostess.

Following on from Ms. Paige, we had the fiercely fabulous Myra DuBois. Now Myra isn’t the strongest of singers, but she makes up for that with her superb acid tongue and sheer disregard for rules. Never forget, rules were made to be broken, but Myra can get away with anything.

Lastly, there was Kiki Lovechild. His camp clown routine and his furlesque – puppet burlesque, yes that’s a thing – show,  left us very much impressed. He was definitely a highlight of the evening, which is impressive considering he was surrounded by such great talent. Kiki regularly brought the house to its knees with his puppet Jessica Blue, who – we kid you not – stripped him of his clothes at one point.

Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable evening.  A great mix of good food, drink, comical banter and the campest of cabaret. We must give a special mention to Duncan Day, the producer at COUNTER, who joined the show marvellously, accompanying acts on the piano completely unrehearsed… But that’s showbiz kids.

GT gives Sassy Saturday at Counter 4/5

Sassy Saturdays are hosted every second Saturday of the month. For more information on the event, and to book a table at the fantastic COUNTER brasserie, go to counterrestaurants.com 

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