"Glitz, Glamour, Freedom of Expression"
by Sascha Cooper for remotegoat on 10/10/17

Paul Diello has been known for amazing shows in Brighton, but this was the first time he had expanded into a Variety Cabaret show with a difference. El Geebee Tea Queue celebrates the freedom of the LGBT scene and diversity in terms of the acts that were on offer that evening. To quote Paul, the monthly offering has the feel of a cabaret underground scene in Berlin, whilst being in the heart of Brighton.

The acts had so much to offer that night that it was impossible to find fault with anything on show. Firstly Hannah Brackenbury with her Victoria Wood style songs focusing on tea, love and more entertained us with her honesty and classy wit that even the most stoic audience member had their ice broken. It's always difficult to be the first act, but she wowed the audience and never let the energy drop.

Nick Hudson was up next. Having seen him, I was expecting unusual experimentational music, but did not expect gorgeous smooth vocals, subtle repartee and dark ethereal music. His style has come on a very long way and has really turned a corner in terms of how to keep the audience on their toes as well as mesmerised.

The tempo abruptly changed when Annabelszki took to the stage. This was a refreshing take on being a lesbian and what to expect from a partner using original comedy and poetry to tantalise and shock everyone into hysterical fits of laughter.

After the interval, we were treated to Paul F Murray with his wonderful vintage take on dramatic songs and observations on life. It was inspiring to see insightful ways of introducing everyone to the darker side of life using piano and a cello as well as lovely vocals.

Alfie Ordinary stole the show with his glamorous camp take on cabaret. From him we got nothing but glitter, sparkle and fabulousness from the aptly named Drag Prince. Very different and edgy, Alfie raised the level of the evening when you didn't think it could get any better!

Finally, Paul himself finished the evening with his original music and electronic feel. As always, he entertained and gave a wonderful performance. For someone who organised the event, special credit has to be given to him for enabling everything to run smoothly and to make everyone feel welcome and appreciated.

To sum-up, if you want to experience something different and dazzling, then this event runs on the second Sunday of every month. Do not miss it!

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