We were promised a night of variety and wonder and we weren’t disappointed. It was a cabaret night orchestrated and hosted by Chris Cross, the North East’s favourite Magician. This audacious event was hosted by Prima Restaurant on Newcastle’s Quayside and featured an eclectic mix of talent from the North East and afar. The intimate yet comfortable setting provided the audience with an ‘up close and personal’ view of the performers.
We were provided with an excellent three course Italian meal prior to the show which was included in the price. As the audience tucked into Prima’s delicious Pizzas and pastas they were dazzled by Chris Cross’s slight of hand magic which he performed from table to table. The £25 ticket price was starting to look like a bargain before the show had even started.
The first act was Carl Cape – a proper Geordie folk singer. The uber talented Carl had us tapping our feet along to his upbeat folk songs about the North East and left us bursting with Geordie pride after his performance.
The amazing Natt Lunatrick was the second act. The colourful character started his act off with some mild juggling and witty banter which progressively built up to Natt juggling razor sharp machete’s whilst balancing on a large unicycle. Lunatrick’s calamitous manner proved a nervy yet entertaining experience for the participating members of the audience along with the entire front row.
The third act was delivered in two parts from the iconic Viz Comic creator Simon Donald. The legendary Geordie’s first offering was his alias, the hilarious inspector Barry Twyford, who posed questions to the audience from a fictitious survey with some extremely colourful answer options. Simon then entertained us with his own unique brand of Geordie humour.
And finally, there was the much anticipated main act, Chris Cross who simply oozed quirkiness. He had an amazing stage presence, a real showman. I felt Chris was like a magician version of the Comedian/Actor Russell Brand, with his sophisticated humour and bohemian manner. The world class act wowed the audience as he showcased some of his finest magical prowess and even beat his personal best time to escape from an asylum grade straight jacket.
This show was understandably a sell out and I have no doubt that the Christmas Quayside Cabaret Club will prove to be equally as popular. I urge anyone to buy their limited tickets quickly in order to see what this amazing Magician and his friends have up their sleeves next.
Tickets are £25 pp which includes a 3-Course Italian meal & after dinner show. For table reservations & ticket bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHERE & WHEN
Prima Pizza Pasta – 40-46 The Side, Quayside, Newcastle, NE1 3JA
(Upstairs in the Montana Lounge)
23rd December 2014 Doors @ 7pm – Meal @ 7:30pm – Showtime @ 8pm (Expected Finish @ 10:00pm)
Photographs courtesy of Casablanca Photography
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