LaVoix – The UK’s Funniest Redhead – Tour Photo by Chris Jepson
Venue: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Performance Date: 21 October 2021
Reviewer: Gemma Fincher
Star Rating: ★★★★★
Rampant, ravishing, and rambunctious, the UK’s funniest redhead is back where she belongs, on home turf in her beloved Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. For seasoned fans and ‘la virgins’ alike La Voix’s show is a feast for the eyes and a treat for the ears.
For those unfamiliar with the Aylesbury favourite (how very dare you), La Voix is a larger-than-life drag queen who rose to prominence in the eighth series of Britain’s Got Talent. She made it to the Semi-Finals arguably being robbed of a place in the final. La Voix is famous for her uncanny and clever ability to mimic the voices of legendary divas including Cher, Judy Garland, and Tina Turner. She was subsequently cast in the Absolutely Fabulous movie in 2016 and her career has been on an upward trajectory ever since.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that La Voix is just another run-of-the-mill drag artist. She is the ultimate triple threat. She flawlessly delivers staggering vocals belting out big ballads, and pumping anthems with apparent ease. She also delivers some of the funniest off-the-cuff, comedy you will see with some delightful audience interaction. Finally, she is one of the most glamourous drag queens around, with gowns to die for.
The opening is beautiful and poignant as La Voix enters the stage in a decadent and gorgeous gown, she belts out the Sunset Boulevard classic, As If We Never Said Goodbye. A perfect homage and tribute to the darkness that the theatre industry has endured over the last 18 months. Not only is theatre back with a bang, but so is La Voix with her brand-new show.
Flanked by her delightful and wonderfully accomplished band, La Voix delivers a high-end cabaret-esque show with a bit of everything. Her comedy is old school and watch out if you are in the front row. There is no room for snowflakes here, and thankfully the Aylesbury audience eats up every delectable double entendre and innuendo. The beauty of La Voix’s comedy is that she doesn’t rely on vulgar or crude language to be entertaining. She is fabulously quick-witted and classy in her delivery. There are laughs aplenty as she bounces off the audience, and it’s lovely to see that she clearly has a very loyal fanbase as she picks out her regulars.
Her comedy is a delightful blend between anecdotal and observational stand-up and her comebacks are exquisite. Her scathing, faux bitterness towards Collabro, the band who beat her to the crown of Britain’s Got Talent in 2014 is hilarious as is her contempt towards national treasure Jane McDonald.
It’s no joke to describe this show as sensory overload the music is LOUD, and the lights are BRIGHT. It’s as big and bold as the lady herself. She pulls out all the stops with her signature style, and we are treated to some of her most iconic impressions. Cher, Dame Shirley, Tina Turner (outstanding), and Celine Dion all get the La Voix treatment. A particular highlight is Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart, where audience participation is actively encouraged. A few minutes of pure, unadulterated joy.
La Voix is back at Aylesbury in December for the pantomime, where she will be showcasing her sizeable wand as she takes on the role of Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother. As she implores the audience (and a sentiment worth echoing) please book your tickets. Aylesbury is a wonderful venue, and the pantomime is always a delightful spectacle. Undoubtedly La Voix will bring the energy and glamour in abundance if her own show is anything to go by.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of La Voix’s live performances, it’s highly recommended that you remedy that at once, because quite frankly, you are missing out.
Her tour runs until 9 April 2022, and she will be visiting the provinces throughout. Do yourselves a favour and get booking.