Vive Le Cabaret gives nightly Vaudevillian glamour
This article is from 2010.
Willkommen, bienvenue, and welcome to a new nightly cabaret show, hosted by Des O’Connor. But calm yourselves, game show fans, Mister Take Your Pick Des O’Connor is not coming to the Fringe. ‘No, it’s not the orange faced one of the telly,’ points out Vive Le Cabaret’s producer, Julie Ann Laidlaw. ‘Our Des O’Connor comes with white panda face paint, and a white suit. He’s king of the burlesque scene. He hosts the night, singing songs with his ukelele.’
Surely that must cause confusion, The List suggests? ‘Yes,’ agrees Laidlaw. ‘But not as much as Sarah-Louise Young. She’s another guest performer, and does cabaret comedy. If you Google her without the hyphen, you’ll get a retired porn actress. The hyphen is quite crucial.’
So if it’s not porn, or a game show, what exactly should we expect? ‘It’s a chance to see the best of the Fringe, in one enchanting evening,’ says Laidlaw, who organises cabaret events year round, with her company Blonde Ambition. ‘No two shows are the same – we have guest spots from comedian Phil Nichol, chanteuses Ali McGregor, Meow Meow and plenty more. Burlesque artiste Gypsy Charms will be performing ballet burlesque, Mr B ‘The Gentleman Rhymer’ will do his ‘chap-hop’, plus there’s circus tricks, comedy, dance. A little bit of everything really.’
The night is hosted at Ghillie Dhu, open for its first Fringe as a dedicated cabaret venue. “It’s a really glam, glitzy setting for a night out. They do table service too – so you can sit back and enjoy the show as a bottle of wine makes it’s way over to you from the bar.’
Vive Le Cabaret, Ghillie Dhu, 556 6550, 7–30 Aug, 9.30pm, £12.50 (£10.50). Previews until 6 Aug, £7.50.