Tackling the taboo with La Soirée

La Soirée
La Soirée Prudence Upton

La Soirée. Oh my! Do it.

Unless you're faint hearted or a prude - then maybe think twice.

Tackling the taboo with comedic brilliance and theatrical nous, this risqué performance is worth seeing again and again.

The shock at seeing carefully sculpted, near-naked bodies and hearing lewd words twisted into song might wear off but the awe at the strength and agility of the show's stars likely will never fade.

They might seem a motley bunch at first but they deliver polished performances that come only with dedicated practice and intense passion for their various crafts.

Before gushing more about the incredibly hot men in the show - who know it only too well, the queen deserves a special mention.

Her/his quips about Queensland, Australia and the royal family were my-belly-hurts hilarious.

"Charles will get the throne over my dead body," she giggles.

"I got another boomerang," she deadpans.

Declaring Canberra shut got huge laughs but unable to even say Camilla's name without neighing like a horse … gold.

Now back to those incredible men flaunting their wares.

The men in pin-stripe suits executing complex strength manoeuvres effortlessly while reading a newspaper - wow.

Bath boy's unashamed ego and steamy seduction leaving women, and those "New Farm" types as the Queen labelled them, gasping - double wow.

Warning. There is complete female nudity at one point - under the guise of a magic show.

You can see it coming and while it is a little confronting, it is like a car accident where you can't look away.

A Russian acrobat's flawless aerial act showed no sign of nerves despite her first time in Australia.

There's also some scandalous cabaret acts thrown in which keeps the audience upbeat with plenty of laughing and singing.

Sprinkled with the politically incorrect throughout, it can be cringe worthy but you can't help but laugh.

Word of advice - the back seats make the viewing a little tough so grab a drink from the Spiegeltent bar and join the snaking line early to get a front-row seat.

La Soiree runs until September 28 but it looks like it is already a sell-out this year. Make sure you get in early next year.

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