If the Fringe had a soundtrack, it would have been dominated for the last ten years by the unmistakable voice of Camille O’Sullivan.
Rightly enthroned as the Queen of the Fringe, the Irish singer is back at the Assembly Rooms’ Music Hall with a 90-minute set featuring the highlights of her repertoire. Backed by a three-piece band, O’Sullivan delights and dazzles with a performance that is not only more than capable of filling the space, but also able to reduce a packed audience to complete silence.
There is nothing new here for those who have witnessed the emotional powerhouse of a Camille performance before, but that presents little problem. Whether it is the unsettling unaccompanied version of Amsterdam or the bruised cover of Hurt, O’Sullivan demonstrates an almost supernatural ability to treat the originals with reverence whilst at the same time delivering them in a style and manner which claims them as her own.
Camille’s more playful side is still very much in evidence, with the fetishistic fun of In These Shoes and the deranged lunacy of God’s Away On Business allowing her to show her versatility as a singer and to let off some onstage steam in the process. Her interaction with the audience also sparkles, now focusing as much on the fact she finds it increasingly hard to fit into her dresses as it does on the coquettish meowing she is renowned for.
On the evidence of tonight’s performance, Camille O’Sullivan’s crown shows no signs of slipping. Whilst pretenders to the throne have come and gone, she retains her place as one of the most entertaining and relevant musical acts at the Fringe.
Long may she reign.
Camille O’Sullivan: 10 is at the Assembly Rooms until 24 Aug (not Mondays).