If you occasionally think ‘I wish there was more ‘20s-style fun and glamour in my life’ then hie thee to Proud Cabaret in Tower Hill.
Proud Cabaret is Alex Proud’s newest venture and tomorrow sees the public launch of Folly, a weekly extravaganza of burlesque, music acts and – for those savvy enough to book a table – appetising suppers. It is ‘set to be as decadent as a Berlin Cabaret club during the Weimar years.’
Ambition is not something Team Proud lack. Scrolling through their press release, I saw it mentioned not once, but twice, that Folly aspires to be The Thursday destination. I wouldn’t know how to calculate the number of things there are to do in London on a Thursday and the boldness of a new venture that aspires to sweep all competition to the gutter had me chuckling wryly, and with not a little respect.
Yet Proud Cabaret may well be The Thursday destination. I had a blast at the press night last Thursday. As non-table owners, myself and my sexy date had to observe the show between a pole and The Tall Man With The Big Hat but it didn’t matter. The red lighting, the flapper waitresses, the so-dry-I-need-a-pint-of water-now entertainers, the poised and charming burlesque girls, all this and more contributed to making me feel at least 60% more decadent.
And this was before you brought the cocktails and food into the equation. I should warn you – as a notorious penny-pincher – that food and booze are not exactly cheap yet there are times in all of our lives – and indeed months – when we don’t give a damn and I absolutely cannot think of a better outlet for this grandiose attitude than Proud Cabaret on a Thursday. Go on. Help their press release come true.
And if you need still further convincing let me leave you with the caustic observations of Crooner and Sex Symbol Earl Okin, who mused in between numbers that, ‘there are very few songs written about women that aren’t beautiful which is funny because there are more of them.’
Folly takes place every Thursday at:
1 Mark Lane
Corner of Dunster Court and Mark Lane
Tel: 020 7283 1940