I was fortunate enough to have been invited to the opening night of the show ‘Absinthe’ in Hyde Park. Considering Absinthe has been a running show in Las Vegas for the past 4 years, I knew the level of acrobatics and professionalism must be extremely high to compete in a city known for its live entertainment. For lack of better comparison, I imagined it would be similar to a Cirque show. Which in some cases, I was right. The lighting, the stage, the characters and level of skill were equal to that of Cirque de Soleil. I have to say though, it was even more non-stop entertainment then your regular run of the mill acrobatic or cabaret show.
The unexpected highlight turned out to be the obnoxiously crude yet loveable MC and his beautiful, goofy, Canadian, air-headed sidekick. (She had me at Canadian). For the two of them to be equally as interesting and delightful as the show itself, was icing on the cake. It was almost like watching a stand up comedian in-between a circus act. Best of both worlds. It made it hard to go to the bar or bathroom though as it would’ve been unfortunate to miss a second. I compare the MC to a stand up comedian because he not only made an effort to offend everyone in the audience and interact spontaneously, but he did it in a hilarious way where nobody could actually be offended. He was crass, sexist, rude and it was great.
Just as my cheeks would hurt from laughter, they would introduce an act that would then blow me away by their stunts and gracefulness. As one would assume from a cabaret show, sexual undertones rules the stage yet Absinthe managed to fluctuate between this and taking the piss out of itself. My personal favourite was the dynamic duo performing the ever so famous and lovely ‘Dirty Dancing’ routine. Only problem was they appeared to have had one too many shots of absinthe before coming on stage. Watching them fumble around and miss beats was quite possibly the best physical comedy I have watched since Mr. Bean.
This show would work great to kick off a hen’s nights or date night. The audience is not restricted to any niche and believe me, there is eye candy for anybodies type. In my books of entertainment events, Absinthe gets a 10/10.
Guests were welcomed with a drinks and canapes reception outside. The food was great, the drinks hit the spot and you can never complain about a teepee to get into. I now need a teepee at home.
Liz Blue is from a little rural village in Nova Scotia, Canada. After living away from home for the past 11 years her travels have taken her across North America, the U.K. and now Australia. After years of working in the events industry she now considers herself a hospitality and party pro.