ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses recommends three Fringe 2011 cabaret shows with a food theme.
Lashings Of Ginger Beer
I love ginger beer, especially when there’s lashings of it. Sadly, I’m not sure there will actually be said lashings available at this performance. But on the frankly sizable upside, this show is on at one of my very favouritest Edinburgh venues and sounds nicely quirky: the blurb promises to celebrate burlesque’s “politically charged roots”, and offer “titillation for the brain”. Well, I’m not sure about burlesque, or titillation, frankly, because I’m famously uptight and po-faced, but I’m all in favour of politics and brains.
The Bongo Club, 21 – 29 Aug, 8.30pm (9.30pm), £7.00 – £10.00, fpp12. Tickets from edfringe.com.
Le Gateau Chocolat
La Clique star Le Gateau Chocolat in his solo Edinburgh debut. If you are a fan of larger than life baritones dressed in drag, myriad costume changes, and songs from the likes of Bassey and Radiohead, this may just be the show for you. He’s played the Royal Opera House, and now he’s headed for George Square, which may be just about a big enough venue to absorb his impact.
Assembly George Square, 5 – 25 Aug, 9.15pm (10.15pm), £11.00 – £14.00, fpp12. Tickets from edfringe.com.
Dusty Limits – Darkling (pictured)
Yes, okay, there is absolutely nothing about food in the title of this show. And there’s probably nothing about food in the content of this show. But Dusty Limits is completely delicious and that’s why he’s in the edible section. His dark and comic songs put him firmly in this Weimar-ish ‘new cabaret’ movement that everyone’s been getting into of late, and he’s an absolute Festival veteran. There’s just no excuse not to.
SpaceCabaret @ 54 North Bridge, 21 – 27 Aug, 6.05pm (6.50pm), £14.00 (£11.00), fpp10. Tickets from edfringe.com.