FRINGE 2017: Barbu Electro Trad Cabaret – The Peacock – Gluttony – 4K

By Tom Eckert


Barbu, hailing from Montreal brings a novel twist on the typically ‘1920s chic’ acrobatics heavy cabaret we see at the Fringe.

Barbu mashes together elements of electro trad music with a distinct folky twist, carnival and unabashed machismo all with a slice of camp humour.

Focusing very much on feats of strength the cast do wonders. There were admittedly a few slip ups from time to time. This is inevitable in such a physical show coming to the end of a long season. To their credit however, anything missed was just repeated without fuss until it was executed.

The show I felt suffered from some inconsistencies in tone – shifting between gothic, vaudeville and slapstick. Whilst this provided variety it was a little unsettling in terms of aesthetics.

Despite any reservations however, the show was very entertaining with a playful sense of humour and certainly worth seeing if you’re after something more rough-and-ready or simply burly men with beards.

Kryztoff rating: 4K

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