Late night at the Fringe is a strange, crazy time and thankfully there are an increasing number of acts that take advantage of this unique atmosphere. The well-lubricated audiences of 11 pm are up for a good time and Cult delivers just that. It’s bizarre, gender-bending fun, all based loosely around a common thread of cult films.

CULTMuch of the show’s appeal lies in its shock value, not knowing just what will come next. Using the popular format of bringing a number of performers together in a succession of acts, the show is held together by the excellent work of the hilarious Jonny Woo, who hosts proceedings.

While not every segment hits the mark cleanly, there’s enough variety in the show to keep everyone happy. There’s acrobatics, drag, burlesque, music and a large dose of bawdy humour. A highlight was Le Gateau Chocolat’s breathtaking rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U”.

Drinking during the performance is encouraged (and probably quite advisable). The great success of the show lies in the way it manages to blur the lines between performance and wild club night (albeit one of the weirdest clubs you are ever likely to visit). And as a result, everyone leaves having had a great time. Sure it’s pretty loose and a bit rough around the edges, but that’s just part of the charm.

Cult plays in the Garden of Unearthly Delights – Umbrella Revolution, until the end of Fringe on Weekends and Thursday nights.

Reviewed by Matthew Trainor

3 1/2 stars


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