Theatre review: cabaret
Review by Pamela Sian Evans
The cabaret entertainment evening ‘La Folie Condal’ offers a stage to inspired artists, eager to showcase their talents. Having begrudgingly missed the last two instalments, my expectations are high as I arrive at Corretger5 dressed theme appropriately in braces and a bow tie. What I didn’t know as I shook off the rain and collected my complementary vino, was that ‘La Folie Condal’ would push its way to the top of my most memorable nights in Barcelona.
Despite being a modest space, Corretger5 is the perfect venue. Candles were scattered cleverly about the space with the audience’s seats mere inches from the rickety stage, creating an intimate setting. As I absorbed the excitable atmosphere which seemed to bounce off the walls, I felt secretly hidden away from the city hubbub, as though in a private party. There was a real sense of team spirit as makeup was hastily applied, the performers warmed up, and the bar staff popped open bottles of wine. All volunteering hands were on deck to ensure that everything was set, as the room quickly filled up.
The theme of this month’s show was ‘illusion’, with ten acts gracing the stage to show off their acts. To ensure that the evening’s entertainment was accessible and enjoyed by everyone, it was presented bilingually in both English and Castilian, with four of the acts performing in the latter.
What made the night so wonderfully unique was that every single act was completely different. The audience was treated to everything from fortune telling and male burlesque to hula hooping and mime. They were taken on a hilarious journey and remained effortlessly engaged and supportive throughout. The passion for performing shone through every act, and their energy was infectious. I was particularly impressed by a young magician who opened the show. His fantastic stage presence and interaction with the audience was admirable, and he received great reception. The 'Barcelona Soul Singers' also put their stamp on the night with their sharp arrangement and beautiful mix of tones.
Credit must be given to organiser Carla Lekkerkerker, who saw the potential in introducing a variety act night, and pushed to make it work. For an event which has been running for a mere four months, it has quickly gained popularity and is altogether a well-polished success. ‘La Folie Condal’ is non-profit, with all emphasis on creating opportunities for keen performers.
The next show will be on the 10th of November, with the theme of ‘disobiedience’. If you are interested in performing or would like to stay informed on future shows, you can contact Carla through the event’s Facebook page here.
Come along and join in the fun, support the local talent, or get up on stage and give it a go yourself!