Welcome to CULT, a marvellously chaotic mash up of the best of classic cult cinema. I may be biased, because I’m pretty sure someone raided my DVD collection and created a show just for me, but CULT needs to be high on any quirky, seedy, weird — hell, on anyone’s to-see Fringe list. The Umbrella Revolution is transformed into a sordid underground cabaret nightclub, complete with stripper pole and bar, waitresses with trays of shots, and that delicious atmosphere of indulgence and subversive excess. CULT brings outrageous and queer twists to all of our favourites, from the mother of all cult classics, Rocky Horror, to Tarantino, Tim Burton, Stephen King, and then to the completely unexpected (which you’ll have to discover for yourself!)
CULT is not just a mash up of our favourite films, but a mix of cabaret, acrobatics, dance and comedy. Lynch’s darling, Laura Palmer, crawls across the floor wrapped in plastic, frog legs kicking from her mouth, to perform a beautifully grotesque pole routine, followed by a riotous and strangely sexy appearance by Pulp Fiction’s ‘Royale with Cheese’. In the world of CULT, you never know what will come next. From Conan the Barbarian’s stunning areal acrobatics to a Nightmare Before Christmas meets It monster cabaret, CULT is widely hilarious, utterly transfixing, and enormous fun.
The show was stilted by minor technical errors, and the occasional dragging costume change (during which we were entertained by snippets of films on large screen) but largely, any problems were overcome with professionalism and wry humour.
Underneath the outrageous costumes (or lack-there-of) and tongue-in-cheek theatrics of CULT there is genuine heart, for really what unites both performers and audience is a shared love for those original classics that shocked us, delighted us, and offered us a world that we could belong to. This is a show for the devotees of the subversive, the lovers of queer countercultural extravaganzas, and all those, of course, who are looking for a damn good time.
For showtimes and to book tickets, see the Fringe guide.