Icons – Le Gateau Chocolat Review: “touches your soul and leaves you wanting more”
On a sunny Friday evening, The Warren was a hub of excitement and entertainment. It was my first visit to the Fringe this year, and my goodness Le Gateau Chocolat did not disappoint!
He takes us on a journey through his life, from his religious and often homophobic upbringing in Nigeria, through hilarious stories of antics with his sister and now his niece, to unrequited love and tragic death.
With a voice like velvet and the ability to rock lycra with the best of them, Le Gateau Chocolat brings us a funny and heartwarming piece of theatre that captures the audience from start to finish. From Kate to Whitney, Barbara to Madonna, Meatloaf to Olivia – we had it all, but beautifully stripped back and cleverly arranged by Le Gateau and musical director Marty Hailey, who also just happens to have a superb voice.
“This artist is truly an inspiration”
However, through the comedy and fantastic music, a vulnerable, wonderful, sometimes tragic, other times joyous artist was exposed, baring his soul and sharing it with us. A particularly poignant rendition of For Good from Wicked, previously sung at a friend’s funeral, had me (and several other members of the audience) weeping with a mixture of sadness and complete admiration.
Having seen Le Gateau’s performance of Black at Edinburgh Fringe last year, I was so eager to see what Icons had in store and it was everything I could have hoped for and more. This artist is truly an inspiration – managing to seamlessly mix comedy and tragedy and making us feel completely a part of his life, not to mention delivering an outstanding vocal performance every single time. He already travels the world, entertaining audiences to huge critical acclaim, but there is a huge future in store for this artist who touches your heart and your soul and leaves you wanting more – just like chocolate!