INTERVIEW – Sarah-Louise Young (Fascinating Aida and Cabaret Whore)

Sarah-Louise (center) with Adele and Dillie - Fascinating Aida

Sarah-Louise (center) with Adele and Dillie - Fascinating Aida

“It’s a balancing act,” says cabaret performer Sarah-Louise Young. “I’ve pretty much had to clear the decks.”

“But it’s very exciting!”

She’s talking about her debut with musical comedy act and ambassadors for the budget airline industry, Fascinating Aida; as Sarah-Louise is joining the critically-acclaimed group as soprano, stepping into the shoes of Liza Pulman who is taking some time out.

“I grew up listening to their songs,” says Sarah-Louise, “and I already knew Adele [Anderson]; and had actually campaigned with Dillie [Keane] last year to get Cabaret listed as a genre of its own in the Fringe programme.”

“Then I got a call to let me know that my availability was being checked – and the next thing I knew, I’d been asked to join!”

Fascinating Aida have been the backbone of the UK cabaret scene since 1983, with their YouTube hit “Cheap Flights” gaining them a resurgence of interest and popularity. Their show at the Gilded Balloon in August is bound to be one of this year’s hot tickets.

So how is Sarah-Louise, a self-confessed workaholic, managing to juggle this and her other commitments?

“Something had to give,” she admits. “I’ll not be performing in Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at the Fringe this year. It was a difficult decision to make, but I had to let one of my shows go.”

Fortunately, one of the shows she has ensured she has kept time for is Cabaret Whore: More! More! More!.

Not only does it once again demonstrate Sarah-Louise’s fondness for shows with exclamation marks, this solo show sees the return of French torchsinger La Poule Plombee, immigrant entertainer Kasia and Vegas trouper Bernie – much-loved comic creations which she has brought to the Fringe twice before.

But it’s not simply a rehash of past shows.

"It’s a little bit darker"

“So many people have supported this show in the past,” she says. “I didn’t want to let them down, so there’s a lot of new material in More! More! More!

“It’s a little bit darker, too – bearing in mind these are all deeply-flawed, lonely, self-deluded characters!”

“One of Kasia‘s songs about immigration seems to touch a nerve, too,” she says. “The audience love the character; and this song makes some serious points which some people perhaps aren’t expecting.

Sarah-Louise as Baby Doll

Sarah-Louise as Baby Doll


And this year sees the introduction of a new member of the Cabaret Whore roster: Baby Doll.

“She’s gone down well,” says Sarah-Louise. “Though having her in the show now means I have to travel everywhere with a three-foot high doll…I get some strange looks on the train sometimes!”

Even though she’ll have to run between the venues for her two shows in August, one benefit for Fringe-loving Sarah-Louise is she’ll have more time to go and see some shows.

“I hardly saw anything last year,” she says. “I’m always looking for new theatre to see – I’m a fan of shows at Bedlam and the Traverse – even though I’ve not managed to look at the Fringe programme yet.”

“And I’m definitely keen to see Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley’s Evelyn Evelyn; particularly as Tricity Vogue and I have our very own cojoined twin act.”

So, don’t be surprised this August if you see Sarah-Louise sprinting between the Underbelly and the Gilded Balloon, mid-costume change; or find yourself sitting next to her at the Traverse as she enjoys the benefits of her more ‘relaxed’ work schedule.

“Mind you,” she says. “I am appearing at Vive Le Cabaret on Fridays.”

“And I will be bringing my Showstopper costume too. Just in case…”

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