Well, Ms Bernelle need never worry again. Nux Vomica is the answer to all those looking for a truly curious night out. Founded less than a year ago by three multi-media artists - Regine de la Hey, Sophie Seashell and Emanuelle Waeckerle - the cabaret with a "Mac the Knife" edge seeks to remind us all of our darker, more mysterious side. The subtitle of the evening sums it up: "Anything could happen".
In one dark room, strategically lit by stage lights and table night-lights, everyone resembles characters from an Otto Dix or George Grosz canvas, celebrating the denizens of pre-war Berlin. Among the performers: singers, poets and strippers. The mood is set the moment you walk in. Above the hubbub of conversation soars the screeching voice of a Turkish transvestite.
Boum! (below) is an accordian trio which sings lilting French love-songs with a sidewalk irony. Jasmine Bande's hilarious brand of diva seduction, in horn-rimmed specs, is a treat, especially when she sings maniacally of needing to have sex with everyone - anyone, right now. The four-letter word seems to appear more in one of her songs than an entire afternoon in some post-football-match pubs.
And then there is Plush - Edinburgh stars who just can't wait to get their kilts off, and Tiger Tom, a cabaret glam star.
Why Nux Vomica? Well, apparently the name is taken from a homeopathic remedy for anything from stressed puppies to flatulence, hangovers and morning sickness. Pop one tonight.
'Nux Vomica' is at The George, 57 Liverpool Road, N1, tonight, 8.30pm, pounds 5/pounds 3Reuse content