Supper Clwb promises a feel-good Saturday night, with the premise of being treated to food, drink and entertainment in one location for £30. Taking place in WMC’s Ffresh bar and kitchen adds to the cabaret feel. Each month you can choose between comedy, drag, musical theatre and burlesque, with my experience being musical theatre.
Welcomed into Ffresh with a Bellini cocktail and dietary requirements checked, you are left to find a table for the evening. The evening feels appropriately relaxed, although at times it seems like it’s verging on unorganised.
With the dimming of the lights, the first part of the evening begins. Pianist David George Harrington takes to the stage and is joined by Katy Treharne, Jonathan Radford and Craig Yates.
Curated by David Mahoney, the entertainment includes music from more popular musicals as well as an array from ‘off-Broadway’. The evening included hits from Wicked, Chess, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Chicago, Spamalot and Little Shop of Horrors, feeling well pitched for the diverse audience.
The rapport of the quartet added to the relaxed atmosphere, with David George Harrington not shying from any limelight and quick off the boot with a musical quip of Les Misérables. The interludes by the singers in explaining a little about each choice enabled a great insight into either the musical or the songs which have inspired. It also offered the opportunity to hear more about the lesser known musicals including A New Brain.
The evening’s entertainment was in three parts, to embed Supper Clwb. The supper offering is available on WMC’s website in advance of the evening, and the first intermission is to enjoy the food.
Whilst the food was delicious the slightly unorganised feel of the evening returned. I feared cluttering my cutlery as the music resumed. And this was felt again in the second intermission as the dessert cocktails were served.
There is no taking away from the talent of the evening. This is a great offer in Cardiff. Being able to experience new or different cabaret acts to a fantastic menu definitely ticks the boxes. A little more organisation and improved service would ensure a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Supper Clwb takes place at Ffresh in Wales Millennium Centre every Saturday night until October. You can choose from the different cabaret nights including drag, burlesque and comedy. Tickets are £30.
Disclosure: I was invited to Supper Clwb by Artspod for the purpose of this review. All words and opinion contained are my own.