More than ever before, 2010’s Fringe seemed to sparkle with sequins and glitter; with late-night variety entertainment, glamourous singers and stylish stars.
New venues appeared – such as Assembly in Princes St Gardens and the Pleasance’s Ghillie Dhu – ready to be filled with all the bawdy fun and high-kicking high jinks of the cabaret scene.
At times, it felt as though you couldn’t turn a corner without bumping into someone wearing feathers and fishnets. And that was just the men…
So, here are our naughty but nice nominations for the Edinburgh Spotlight Best Cabaret Award 2010.
- Meow Meow – Feline Intimate – making the tent of the Assembly’s new venue her own, Meow Meow played in front of, amongst and above an adoring audience in her entertaining and hilarious new show
- Cabaret Whore Encore! – Sarah-Louise Young’s marvellous singing, clever lyrics and memorable characters gave her free Fringe show the feel of a one-woman variety act. We can’t wait to see her back – bigger and bolder than ever – next year.
- Vive Le Cabaret – a great big confection of humour, music and burlesque with an ‘anything goes’ attitude, this late-night cabaret with an ever-changing lineup guaranteed a great time at the Ghillie Dhu
And the winner is…
Vive Le Cabaret
Compered by the devilishly debauched Desmond O’Connor, Vive Le Cabaret appropriately lit up Edinburgh’s West End this Fringe with a glittering array of talent. Enticing other stars of the Fringe to appear on the bill, no two Vive Le Cabarets were ever the same – although every show packed in crowds eager to enjoy some top-quality entertainment and soak up the atmosphere of the best cabaret evening in Edinburgh.
For that, Vive Le Cabaret is awarded our