FRINGE REVIEW – Vive Le Cabaret, The Pleasance

*****

Vive Le Cabaret

Vive Le Cabaret

Appearing for three nights only, Vive Le Cabaret is back for a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it slot at the Pleasance, and ably demonstrates why its original late-night cabaret extravaganza format is so appealing: and why it is still one of the best.

The tone of saucy exuberance is set from the word go with a fun and acrobatic routine from Edinburgh’s own Hustle, with some bare-faced cheek on display from the talented and entertaining dance troupe.

Then, pulling out all of the cabaret stops, inimitable compere and cabaret stalwart Des O’Connor takes to the stage with one of his comic musical numbers, backed up by Tricity Vogue and Ria Lina on ukelele and backing vocals, the rhythm section from Broken Records, and a dance routine from Chris Wilson, Impressive Johnson and Gypsy Charms.

It’s safe to say Vive Le Cabaret has opened with a bang.

And its variety display of cabaret fireworks doesn’t let up during a fast-paced 80 minutes: with appearances from East End Cabaret, Sarah Louise-Young, stand-up legend Norman Lovett and more. O’Connor scarcely needs to encourage the up-for-it audience to whoop and cheer throughout: whether it’s at the impressive can-can from French Fling or the cleverly choreographed tribute to the Olympics from comedy dance duo Kitsch Kats.

Promising a different line-up of cabaret stars each night, Vive Le Cabaret will dazzle brightly but all too briefly at this year’s Fringe: begging, borrowing or stealing a ticket for one of the remaining two performances is strongly advised.

Vive Le Cabaret is at the Pleasance Beyond until 5 August. 2245-0000. Tickets are available on the Fringe website.

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