Co-created by Grayson Perry and Kate Hardie, and starring the remarkable Tom Brooke, this slight drama about the trials of a young transvestite called Gary should have been a whole lot more insightful, funny, moving or just plain odd.
Instead, it feels like a student film, with over-written dialogue, a constraining plot device and little sense of who Gary is, beyond being a bloke who sometimes fancies wearing a frock. With trans issues back in the news following the Lucy Meadows case, there’s a real opportunity for a drama to tackle TV on TV, and the daily ‘monsterisation’ of those who don’t have the celebrity swaddling of Perry or Izzard. This isn’t it.
This tiki bar-cum-club remains one of London's best known late-night venues, with a reputation forged, mostly, from a celebrity clientele and plenty of tabloid column inches – back in the late noughties it was a rare Thursday night when famous faces weren't spilling out deep into the small hours. It still attracts a glamorous crowd. It takes its name from the Polynesian path to the spirit underworld of Lua-o-Milu, and goes big on its tiki theme. The decor is a mix of Polynesian-themed carvings and trinkets and there's even a prominent Hawaiian greeting ('Aloha!') taking up most of one of the walls. The drinks list follows suit, with rum playing a prominent role. The signature Mahiki cocktail combines Pampero Especial with vanilla, pear and strawberry purée, lemon sugar, creme de fraise and sparkling wine. Classic tiki alternatives include a pina colada, the Mahiki take on a classic mai tai and a zombie horde made to the same recipe used at Don the Beachcomber – the original tiki bar, in LA. Keep an eye out for special events, parties and cocktail-making classes, too.
Venue says: “Come down and join us every Tuesday for Tiki Tuesday!”