FRINGE REVIEW – Vive Le Cabaret (Pleasance Ghillie Dhu)


11 – 30 August (not 23)
2130-2245, Pleasance Ghillie Dhu

Desmond O'Connor

Desmond O'Connor (photo credit: FourthEye Photography)

If it’s late-night variety of the highest calibre you’re after, look no further than the Pleasance Ghillie Dhu this August with its raucous and hugely-entertaining Vive Le Cabaret.

Compered by that mischievous mephistopheles himself, Desmond O’Connor, this is 75 minutes of non-stop burlesque and ‘new cabaret’ themed entertainment.

Stars are tumbling out of the Fringe firmament for a chance to guest at this show, so last night we were treated to performances from comedian Robin Ince, cabaret diva extraordinaire Meow Meow and a high-flying finale from the acrobats from Circus Trick Tease.

As well as the nightly-changing guests, Vive Le Cabaret also features a semi-regular cast of variety stars, including the hilariously dapper Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, the chavtastic charms of Kiki Kaboom and the dirty ditties of Desmond himself.

This is most definitely adult-oriented entertainment and not for the easily offended, but it is still carried off with a charm and style that is highly entertaining and impossible to resist.

With no show guaranteed to be the same two nights in a row, Vive Le Cabaret is a pot-luck pick of the best cabaret and comedy acts of the Fringe and is well worth sourcing a fast-selling out ticket for.

Ticket information is available on the Pleasance website

Review by Keith D

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