10 cabaret shows to catch at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

10 cabaret shows to catch at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Alfie Ordinary / Kate Pardy

Including Christina Bianco, Little Death Club, Alfie Ordinary and more

A great icon of musical theatre once uttered, 'What good is sitting alone In your room? / Come hear the music play / Life is a Cabaret, old chum.' So make like Liza Minnelli, put down the knitting, come taste the wine, and go and see one of these fabulous cabaret shows at this year's Fringe.

Christina Bianco: First Impressions

This powerhouse is a jack of all trades with singer, actor, impressionist and 'YouTube sensation' all listed on her showbiz CV. Bianco's show combines her talents for a whole hour of spot-on impressions, musical numbers and a dash of comedy.
Assembly Checkpoint, Thu 1–Sun 25 Aug (not 12), 6.20pm.

Frolic and Follies

With inspiration taken from the Ziegfeld Follies of the early 20th century, this contemporary take on theatrical revue productions presents a parade of feathered and jewelled women for a cavalcade of variety performances. Expect plenty of high kicks.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Thu 1–Mon 5 Aug, 10.30pm.

Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous

Alfie Ordinary makes his Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut after award-winning turns at other international fringe festivals. Alfie takes his audience on a journey to a queer utopia amidst a soundtrack of Sugababes and Whitney Houston in this fabulous drag tale.
Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, Wed 31 Jul–Sun 25 Aug, 6pm.

The Kaye Hole

Crawl into the k-hole world of the risky, messy, late night weekend lurkers with Australian cabaret star Reuben Kaye, who presents an array of diverse acts backed by a live band. Get ready to get a little bit messy … and a big bit fabulous.
Assembly Checkpoint, Fri–Sun throughout August, 11.15pm

Little Death Club

Get ready to leave your red cheeks at the door because Bernie Dieter is back with her über-naughty, freaky circus of pals. A provocative variety of artistry awaits, with Dieter's 'punk spirit and humour' tying it all together.
Underbelly's Circus Hub, Sat 3–Sat 24 Aug, (not 12), 8pm

Melinda Hughes: Off the Scale

Who doesn't love their cabaret with a side of politics? Melinda Hughs and her jazz trio sing their way through political satire, grooving through issues like internet trolling and transformations into the likes of Melania Trump.
Assembly Rooms, Fri 1–Sun 25 Aug (not 12,19), 4.50pm.

Ginger Johnson's Happy Place

The East London drag star, whose style is based on Lucile Ball, opens up her delusional world in this 'part cabaret confessional, part Sesame Street special'. She aims to help the audience escape from the doom and gloom of reality and asks how far people are willing to run from it.
Pleasance Dome, Wed 31 Jul–Mon 26 Aug, 9.40pm.

Just Desserts

Michelle Pearson, creator of the acclaimed Comfort Food Cabaret, makes her first ever UK appearance with her musical food cabaret. It pairs rock and pop ballads with sugar to explore pressing topics like social pressure, sex, and society's obsession with perfection.
Underbelly Cowgate, Thu 1–Sun 11 Aug (not 5, 6), 10.40pm.

Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck

The variety artiste, AKA Naomi Paxton, presents her delightfully mischievous persona alongside her psychic duck. She explores wonderful women, strange encounters and a fairground mystery.
The Stand's New Town Theatre – Studio, Sat 3–Sun 25 Aug (not 13), 2.50pm.

Andrea Spisto: Butch Princesa

Take what you know about cabaret performances and forget all about it before you see this art explosion. From Andrea Spisto, who brought us last year's Miss Venezuela, comes a surreal depiction of being an immigrant told through character comedy, clowning, dance and Latin music.
Heroes @ the SpiegalYurt, Fri 2–Sun 25 Aug (not 13) 6.20pm.

Little Death Club

Winner: Pick of the Fringe Award, Adelaide Weekly 2017, 2018. The darkest, funniest and most debauched kabarett club this side of Berlin! A gin-soaked, Weimar-punk jazz band soundtracks a hazy night of dangerously funny kabarett, breathtaking circus and fire-breathing sideshow at its most inappropriate, provocative and…

Christina Bianco: First Impressions

Broken Robot / So Comedy in association with Curtis Brown From The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Paul O'Grady Show, and ITV's The Imitation Game, the girl with a thousand voices returns to the Fringe with a brand-new show. Through her uncanny impressions and musical mash-ups, this 'comic firecracker with a pyrotechnic…

Frolic and Follies

Precizion Dance A contemporary twist on the phenomenon of the Ziegfeld Follies, serving up spectacular acts of cabaret, dance, comedy and more. Parades of girls bringing together a celebration of the female, dripping in jewels and feathers, a visual feast for the eyes. Huge hits, high kicks and and a night full of…

The Kaye Hole

  • 4 stars

PietaGoGetter Late night, done right. Queer, messy, fast, loose and f*cking hilarious. The hottest late-night ticket in town where the riskiest and most diverse acts of the Fringe let loose dripping in sweat and backed by a live band… Hosted by cabaret icon 'the evil love child of Liza Minnelli and Jim Carrey…

Just Desserts

  • 4 stars

Michelle Pearson Music Australia's singing cook turns up the heat in her award-winning musical food cabaret. Featuring a live rock-pop-powered soundtrack, this sensual chanteuse explores empowerment, social pressure, our obsession with perfection and desire through song, sex and sugar. Includes dessert! Winner of Best…

Melinda Hughes: Off the Scale

Cheyne Productions Ltd Backed by a live jazz trio, Melinda's show is a sophisticated romp through social and political satire, packed with provocative original songs on internet trolling, cougars, hipsters, sex-pest cowboys as well as an appearance by Melania Trump. Melinda has been a sell-out success at Crazy Coqs…

Ginger Johnson's Happy Place

  • 4 stars

Ginger Johnson The alt-right is rising, permafrost is melting, and every other sea turtle has a plastic straw jammed up its nostril… It’s a bit much, to be honest. In a valiant, ridiculous attempt to cope with the increasing horror of everyday life, Ginger Johnson packs her bags and poses the question: how far are we…

Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck

Ada Campe / The Stand Comedy Club Sometimes it’s the most unexpected and delightful moments that shape your future. Join award-winning variety artiste Ada Campe and her Psychic Duck for a show about wonderful women, strange encounters and a fairground mystery. ‘Ada Campe made me laugh more than anyone on the circuit…

Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous

  • 4 stars

Alfie Ordinary After winning four Fringe awards around the world, Alfie Ordinary makes his Edinburgh Fringe debut with his five-star show. Set in a camp, queer utopia with a soundtrack including Village People, Whitney Houston and the Sugababes, this coming-of-age story in drag will leave you feeling fabulous. 'A…

Andrea Spisto: Butch Princesa

  • 4 stars

Andrea Spisto Character comedy, dance and Latin beats guide you deep into a surreal queer immigrant wonderland. Unflinchingly emotional art explosion. Honest to the teeth and under the skin fun. Brave, joyful, fiery! A show full of insights into gender boundaries, politics and human magic. 'Spisto provides a valuable…

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