Cabaret & variety: Torte e Mort: Songs Of Cake And Death

Young Australian performer Anya Anastasia channels Marie Antoinette, as well as Death and the Devil, for this promising but compromised set focused on self-indulgence and self-doubt.

Gravity & Other Myths and Anya Anastasia Picture: Ian Georgeson
Gravity & Other Myths and Anya Anastasia Picture: Ian Georgeson

Star rating: **

Assembly George Square Theatre (Venue 8)

Original songs cover the French queen’s blasé privilege, ­sudden downfall and peculiar afterlife, as well as ­consumerist waste, self-loathing and mortality.

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It’s an ambitious sweep that benefits from strong research and imaginative visuals, from period costume to blacklight choreography, shadow play to music-box mime. But technical delivery often falters, from prop mishaps to awkwardly concluded songs – shortcomings that sit uncomfortably with an ­overall tone of high-status entitlement.

Until 29 August. Today 6pm.