Returning after its sell-out 2021 run at the Fringe, Aidan Sadler: Tropicana takes you through transgressive stand-up and a synthpop soundtrack with electric energy. Written by Aidan Sadler and George Bricher, the politically-charged cabaret is performing at Assembly George Square (The Blue Room) throughout August.
Combining politics, identity and mental health, the humour of the show produces something unapologetically genuine and deeply empowering. Sadler offers a piece of who they are with their comedy, ridiculing the straights and the queers in equal measure. The eighties hits are blasted with polish and personality, emphasising the implicit tone of Aidan Sadler: Tropicana which is a mutual appreciation for every identity in the room.
The presence Sadler entered with was initially very wired and it took a moment for them to connect with the audience. This changed quickly, however, as they began demonstrating their natural watchability and their zest for performing. Sadler’s love for what they do is made clear in a moving explanation of how the show was conceived – this should not be spoiled, but it is truly inspiring.
Almost in jest, Sadler stated their aim of generating a magical energy within the room which they undoubtedly achieved. The songs did not always connect with the audience as much as the comedy, but this did not cause the elated energy to dip which only increased throughout the show. Sadler’s ability to handle any curveball received the audience’s full trust in being provided with a great time, and they were not disappointed.
The lighting and sound effects keep up with the show’s upbeat pace and eighties vibe. Some of the action focused on the front row or stage floor is not as visible to audiences sitting at the back, but this is minimal and does not have much of an impact on what is a terrific audience experience.
If you are susceptible to clicking on a review that discusses a cabaret with “Tropicana” in the title, have no reservations about seeing Aidan Sadler: Tropicana: Aidan Sadler is a star and an impeccable party host.