“This year ‘Vive le Cabaret’ will be that little bit bigger, that little bit bolder, that little bit brighter, that little bit more beautiful,” promises your charismatic host Des O’Connor, and ‘Vive le Cabaret’, already a leading light among Edinburgh Fringe shows, does not disappoint. From the glamorous dancers to the bizarre but undeniably talented Ray Guns Look Real Enough, from the hilarious Marcel Lucont (thinker, drinker) to the understated but surprising magic of Mat Ricardo the audience is kept engaged, titillated, laughing or gasping. My favourite act was, of course, Piff the Magic Dragon who combines pathos, humour and a small dog in his delightful magic act, but there was something for everyone in this line-up of talented people.
Pleasance Courtyard, 3 – 29 Aug (not 15, 22), 10.30pm (11.45pm), £10.00 – £12.00, fpp 309
tw rating 4/5