Winner of Best Fringe Cabaret 2010, Vive le Cabaret has returned once again to the Festival. While there may be more competition than ever before on this year’s Fringe, this is still, hands down, the best there is.
The guest stars change from day to day but if they are anything like tonight’s performance then you are in for something very special indeed. Acts like Veteran Comedian, Norman Lovett and the musical genius of ‘Rayguns Look Real Enough’ sit comfortably between singing Henry the Hoover, some jaw dropping magic from Mat Ricardo, dance numbers from Kitsch Kats and something quite, quite filthy from stand-up Jeff Leach.
Most cabaret can be a bit hit and miss, with the odd act casually slipped in to fill the run time. But not in Vive le Cabaret’s case, with each act being just as strong as the last. All helped along by a rather generous seventy-five minute run time, which gives them ample time to show the cheering audience exactly what they can do.
But for a variety show to work you need a strong compere and Des O’Connor is still the best out there. Cheeky, playful, suggestive and wickedly funny, he is the living embodiment of Dr Frank-Furter. Always fantastic value for your money, he expertly creates the sexy, filthy mood this show needs to work. Vive le Cabaret is smart, sexy and well worth a visit.