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A Review of Apocalypse Meow at Southbank Centre

Favourite feline makes a rapurous return to Southbank Centre with her purrfect, provocative brand of non traditional holiday cheer.

December 2014

A Meow Meow show is never easy to describe or categorize. In her new effort 'Apocalypse Meow' (at the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, until 29 December 2014), the Aussie-born performer embraces a melting pot of themes and motifs, sensational tunes and stories.

In her trademark make-do-and-mend, disgraced diva style, the feline entertainer reaches highs and lows alike, hitting every emotional chord, from the deepest gloom to roaring hilarity and laughter.

Meow Meow is a primadonna extraordinaire, a performer who - like Groucho Marx famously described himself - doesn't really belong to any club that would have her as a member. She isn't just a singer, a host, cabaret diva, or comedian; Meow Meow is all of these and more. Her powerful voice and strong stage presence skilfully managing to hypnotize her audience, whilst her nonsensical and edgy sense of humour will have you in fits and hysterics.

If you are expecting a traditional Christmas show, though, you'd better look elsewhere. Sure, there are fairy lights, a DIY Christmas tree and even a Silent Night sing-along - but there is also Nick Cave and Kurt Weill, with their ballads and reflections on murder and suicide. Even the more traditional winter-inspired carols are torn apart and reassembled, as if ready to feature in the next David Lynch movie.

In her quest for the true meaning of Christmas, Meow Meow is joined on stage by an ensemble of dreamlike characters, perfectly complementing her visionary performance: from The Shining-esque little chorus girls, to sex dolls, and a hilarious drag-queen alter ego - the show will send you on a rollercoaster of feelings and emotions that will have you dazzled and leave you breathless.

Review by Claudio Giambrone, South Bank Editorial Team

*Apocalypse Meow runs at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre until 29 December 2014. For more information, click here.