The Apothecary: Helix
15th March, 2019
SCARLETT O’HORA, CHIYO, MISS MORPHIC, DOMINO BARBEAU, DIVA REGINA, PAULUS, BENJAMIN BUTCH, NELSON BRETT
Friday night, London, the Albany. It was warm, it was wet, it was cool, it was steamy.
It was The Apothecary!
First up on the night:
A HAPPY MARIPOSA BOP!
It was the first show for the Apothecary at the Albany, and who did they have in store for the crowd in this tight and cheeky venue?
Ah, Doctor Bleak… tall, dark, old, insane… handsome?
Have a look for yourselves…
It could be a case of all of the above… or simply opium, arsenic and away days to Clacton.
Anyway, enough about him… who did we have on stage…
Say hello to Chiyo…
Chiyo gave a really strong, spoken word performance on gender and the importance of being the person you are.
After Chiyo came…
Look at the tiara, the boa, the sheer elegance and opulence. Domino was an absolute feast of tricks, tastes and teases…boa off, corset off, swish, swirl, twirl and tickle.
Now… who did we see here…
Brexit, Theresa May, politics, love, romance and all things politically rambunctious!
Ooooh… A GAME! They like games at The Apothecary. Lookit:
So some notes on what happened…
The two players had to act out whatever challenge they were offered… one of which was…
A Dinosaur stepping on Lego!
Ouch, everybody get on that floor, everybody walk that dinosaur!
Speaking of getting on a dance floor…
Benjamin threw out some serious funky disco dance moves… busted that body, blew away the pantaloons, beared the under-smalls…
A good point!
So who was next… someone else on point…
Look at all that! Fine attire and a whole clutch of magic. This act involved passing a book around a room and then ripping it into pieces… hell, what am I saying? Why should I give away his acts and secrets… go see his act!
The second part of the show started with a real hammer blow on the senses…
This was fucking chaos and mayhem… organized chaos and mayhem… but still… chaos and mayhem… and tons of badass visuals…
And who hell can follow that!?
Aima was a naughty school teacher… with wine and glass and wine and glass… smash, crash, guzzle, guzzle! Wine all over the place, glass crushed and mashed and stuck in small places… it was chaos.
A lot of good-loving chaos tonight!
Now who’s this fine specimen of showmanship?
Paulus was an extravaganza of colour and camp… he’s a lovable litre of liquor… check out that jacket… jeez… style right there.
And for the final act… we were treated wholeheartedly to this tough and feisty lady:
Big hair, bad attitude, burning and wicked malevolence… Scarlett thundered through her performance… strident, tough, sexy… a fire to burn through our eyes, into our souls and out of every pore of our body.
All photos by JME-Photoart