SOAP, a show originating from Berlin and centring around seven bath tubs, has to be the highlight of Showzam. It’s the only show around that can take Opera, Burlesque, Cabaret, Circus and Comedy and combine them all within a bathroom.
The night showcased a breathtaking calibre of talent, with the individual acts enough to carry their own shows, yet instead we were treated to a night bursting with variety and soaking its audience along the way!
Markus Pabst, SOAP’S founder, has an incredible imagination, with every minor detail of the show perfectly crafted to provide great family entertainment. Marie-Andrée Lemaire was the surprise star of the show. Whilst beautifully toned performers hung gracefully from aerial straps, juggled, danced and sang the Opera, Lemaire fooled about the stage in her Union Jack Wellies. Intense and powerful as the acrobatic acts were, she ensured that the show remained a light-hearted and camp tribute to the wonders of Variety entertainment.
A stand-out performance came from the German hand-balancer, Eike von Stuckenbrok, whose steamy act left the room stunned into silence. Watching his soaking wet body fling across his bathtub with such ferocity heated up the room. It was a piercing performance, which concluded with the entire weight of his muscular body resting on just one hand. As proved true to the whole night, there is something much more impressive about Circus acts when their bodies are dripping with water.
The musical score clearly demonstrated the strength of variety the show had to offer, with tracks from numerous time periods and genres used to create comedy and evoke emotion. Acts were punctuated with the singing voice of Patricia Holtzmann, whose role as Opera Diva had her imitating classical works from the likes of Mozart and Beethoven, repeating her very own lyrics, ‘Splish, Splosh’ to anchor the songs to their wet new habitat.
SOAP is a show that the whole family can enjoy. Combining things we all love to do in the bath, like sing; dance; and play, with the things we wish we could do, but definitely couldn’t. Whilst most of the adult audience no longer take their baths with rubber ducks and plastic boats, SOAP reminded us that bath-time can still be play-time.
Sarah Heeley - Showzam Guest Blogger