Tropicana at Bury Met for GM Fringe
Aidan Sadler - Tropicana
80’s Disco Queer cabaret Self harm LGBT jokes Breaking the 4 wall
Power, excess and life affirming queer cabaret presented to the hits of Spandau Ballet to wham with pure show man Aidan Sadler.
Tropicana is described as Aidan Sadler ‘Queer Icon’, journey to Tropicana, well I totally agree. From the second Aidan bursts onto stage the journey starts to the sound tack of golden hits of the 80s with Spandau Ballet to Wham’s Tropicana and some Golden confetti thrown in.
While you sit waiting with the show to start as the 80s music blares out, a Pink dress hangs on stage seemingly motion less among the hit tempo music. You do get the sense that gender norms and socials norms are going to be broken, and they do.
From the moment that Aidan bursts onto stage, they exude a fabulous amount of confidence that honestly made me sit up and take notice. The humongous smile, and truly powerful voice, captivates you to Aidan charisma and charm. Aidan performs perfect covers of the hits from Spandau Ballet to Wham, with the classics of 80s, that will definitely have you joining in.
The comedy is on point with all the jokes hitting the right mark and never dropping a beat, ensuring that every member of the audience gets some cheeky and edgy jokes which will leave everyone cracking up. I do have to mention Aidan pain when it comes to 'ASOS gays’ you know the type, as well their love hate relationship with Morrissey. Aidan has woven their journey into the show which helps to anchor every single joke with pure sense of purpose, while wearing their “ASOS” pink dress.
Tropicana is a fabulous hour of laughter, music and queer comedy with Icon Aidan Sadler, that will have humming the songs and retelling jokes all night long. The show ends on the important note in Aidan life, linking the show to the pain that Aidan has experienced. The intertwining of Aidan personal life is powerful and utter delight as Aidan has the audience in the palm of their hand throughout the whole show. I highly recommend the show, it's truly sad that it was one night only at GM Fringe, but I do hope Aidan comes back to next year. You can also catch Aidan at Edinburgh fringe next month.
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Published: 15-Jul-2022 (6727)