Slide Lounge welcomes back a show that is something a little different to their usual strictly sultry offerings, but that being said, raunchiness is not entirely off the in-flight menu as Come Fly With Me prepares for landing.
This mystery flight is definitely more about the journey than the destination, as the popular burlesque and cabaret venue is transformed into ‘Slide Airways’ for an entirely camp and outrageous outing.
“It’s a really tidy Pan Am meets Little Britain… it’s cheeky, [but] it’s not over the top rude,” explained show creator Lesley Hancock. “I [play] Lyn Flight Service…and my senior flight attendant is Miles High, [played by] the fabulous Andrew Benson… [The show features] marvellous songs intercepted with us interacting with the audience.”
Along the way some stowaways appear from the cargo hold, and things become rather psychedelic when an illicit substance is dropped into an aircraft air-con vent…
With her highly successful corporate entertainment company Leave it To Diva absorbing much of her time, it has been some time since Lesley, a cabaret veteran, has put on a show for the public. Come Fly With Me made its first appearance at Slide in February and has been returning monthly due to popular demand, with the same talented cast in tow.
“I’ve managed to snatch all these fabulous little stars before they get too famous,” Lesley says of her cast. She seems especially enamoured with Slide Airways’ handsome captain, played by Andrew Bukenya, saying: “The voice on this man it is like liquid gold… he’s gorgeous.”
Come Fly With Me is certainly a passion project, breaking the mould of the tired old stereotype of cookie cutter ‘dinner theatre’. If songs along the lines of ‘I Like The Flight Life’, ‘The Rhythym of Flight’ and ‘Plane’ (to the tune of ‘Fame’, of course) combined with improvised humour, audience interaction and retro uniforms sounds like a delight to you, then you best pack your bags and get in quick to book a table – hurry, last call! (AM)
Extremely limited tickets available to the May show.
May 18 & Jun 15, 7.45pm (7pm arrival for dinner + show). Slide Lounge, 41 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. $40-$89. Tickets & info: slide.com.au