Fringe World 2016: Le Gateau Chocolat – Icons review

The enigmatic British-born Nigerian La Gateau Chocolat is a cabaret and drag star like no other, full of warmth and passion and blessed with a powerfully captivating voice.

In Icons, Chocolat explores his relationship with the people, the moments and the music that shapes us, sharing a heart-warming and intensely human experience through song.

Starting with an incredible rendition of Kate Bush’s Running up That Hill that showed off his range and deep, rich voice, Chocolat moved through a repertoire of old-school pop hits, making each song entirely his own.

Chocolat said during the show that music courses through his veins and it really showed, with notable moments including Meat Loaf’s I Would Do Anything for Love, For Good (from the musical Wicked) and Bjork’s Hyperballad – with a voice that was mesmerising and comforting, in turns powerful and vulnerable, raw and heartbreaking, Chocolat enthralled the audience.

Although I personally would have preferred a slightly higher ratio of lively numbers, as the energy in the room did drop on occasion, overall the show was a triumph of storytelling, a powerful and nostalgic insight into the world of Chocolat, peppered with humour and social commentary.

Chocolat has truly mastered the art of putting on a face to reveal the person behind it – he goes beyond drag and cheap performance tricks to deliver a deeply moving and thoughtfully put together show that will stick with you long after you watch it.

Le Gateau Chocolat’s Icons is on until 31 January, 7:45pm at the De Parel Speigeltent in the Perth Cultural Centre, and tickets start at $32.

Chocolat at Fringe

 

*I received tickets to this show in exchange for my review (thanks Muse Bureau). All opinions are my own. 

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