Mulan Rouge weaves a cast of fantastic drag artists created and directed by the famous drag artist ShayShay. The evening events are led by Madame played by the gorgeous Ruby Wednesday. Taking you through the extremely adult fusion of Disney's 1998 film Mulan and set to the backdrop of Paris's Moulin Rouge club featuring the iconic Windmill behind one of the stages.
Debauchery, plentiful amounts of double entendres and comedy lead the way through this fabulous immersive theatre experience. Starting the evening's hedonism in a smaller room the cabaret commences with a "Blind Date" style parlour game in an attempt to find the loveless Mulan (Ella Cumber) a match. Who we quickly discover has been ordered by their father to get married?
The path to true love has never run smooth. After meeting Ginger (Grace Kelly Miller) in the brothel. The gorgeous charismatic redhead steals Mulan's heart. However, battles need to be accomplished first before love could perhaps conquer all.
Ruby Wednesday in the role of Madame running the "brothel" in Paris uses quick-witted humour and huge amounts of charisma while tackling the three IFU members who are determined to shut them all down. Do pay close attention to Madame's body language and facial expressions throughout the evening as they articulate a thousand words alone.
The Vaults under Waterloo Station is, in my opinion, the perfect venue for Mulan Rouge. Upon entering the graffiti-filled under passage you already feel like you're venturing into a secret, darker part of London's nightlife. Where expecting the unexpected will enhance your immersive theatre adventure. Yes, those are the trains thundering along above your head.
Press night was generously accompanied by a delicious set menu. Mushroom pate with crackers to set the taste buds off, followed by chicken with a beetroot garnish, roasted new potatoes and vegetables and a gluten-free chocolate dessert, raspberry and beetroot coulis with a generous dollop of cream. The waiting staff were outstanding and nothing was too much trouble.
This is one night out not to be missed and along with the set menu, it will certainly offer ticket purchasers terrific value for money.
Review: Elaine Chapman