We join Pop Horror for an evening of demented cabaret as they pay tribute to Swedish Supergroup, ABBA, with an added horror twist. After being kindly welcomed with a goodie bag (including temporary wound tattoos and eyeball sweets) we are immediately given a sticker with ice-blonde ABBA princess Agnetha Fältskog's face on it. We are told that this is our team for the evening. There's a feeling of giggly excitement tinged with absolute dread at the thought of audience participation, and this is tripled when we meet our host for the evening, Baby Lame. She is a towering, hairy, fabulous queen with enough wit to make one blush savagely.
The wacky acts include Adam All, Apple Derrieres, Chloe Rose and Oedipussi Rex and range from Cathy Bates (Misery) impersonations to creepy dollies and vampires. The performers sing ABBA to a decent standard and each endeavour to add their own scary twist to the upbeat tunes. It feels like there is a lack of surprise and ferocity, and none of the acts are particularly polished, but the general vibe is lighthearted fun. The games generally don't go to plan, possibly through a lack of trying them out before working with a live audience, but Baby Lane salvages any awkwardness with her ditsy yet snappy American charm, expertly shutting down any form of heckling. A jolly, playful evening of entertainment.
Written by @_FayeButler