Edinburgh Fringe cabaret reviews 2013

Cabaret at the world's biggest arts festival, reviewed by Time Out's Ben Walters

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It's now three years since the Edinburgh Fringe introduced a dedicated cabaret section to its programme and we can't get enough, whether it's names we know and love or exciting new discoveries from around the world.

You'll find the latest cabaret reviews from the Edinburgh Festival at the top of this page. Keep checking back, as we'll be adding new reviews regularly throughout the Fringe.

The latest Edinburgh Fringe cabaret reviews

Is cabaret heading for a class war?

As cabaret goes mainstream, it faces challenges as well as opportunities. Time Out London's cabaret editor explored the issues in a talk at this year's Edinburgh Fringe

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The LipSinkers

  • Rated as: 5/5

The hilariously entertaining and exuberantly queer alt-drag troupe hit the Fringe

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Dandy Darkly's Gory Hole!

  • Rated as: 4/5

Gruesomely satirical storytelling from a Deep South fop with a way with words

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Broadway Enchanté

  • Rated as: 3/5

A Parisian tribute to musical theatre bursting with joie de vivre but lacking in momentum

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TO&ST Award 2013 nominees announced

  • Rated as: 5/5

The nominees are announced for the TO&ST Fringe cabaret award 2013

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Ben Hart: The Outsider

  • Rated as: 4/5

Eye-boggling dexterity and cheeky charisma from the young sleight-of-hand illusionist

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Lynn Ruth Miller: Granny's Gone Wild

  • Rated as: 4/5

Wonderfully entertaining, utterly unsentimental show from the Fringe's favourite octogenarian

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Red Bastard

  • Rated as: 4/5

A confrontational, inspirational, riveting show from the New York-based clown pedagogue

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Karin Danger: Hotbox

  • Rated as: 4/5

A warm, witty and tightly written satire on the discontents of the beauty ideal

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Adam Caslin: Nobody's Boy

  • Rated as: 4/5

Though not without rough edges, at its best this debut set is electrifying

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Diva Gigs

  • Rated as: 4/5

This set of opera songs by Sarah-Ann Cromwell is a pleasure thanks to her passion and down-to-earth charm

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Ballesque

  • Rated as: 3/5

An intriguing cabaret debut for a classically trained young company

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Twonkey's Blue Cadabra

  • Rated as: 4/5

Don't fear Paul Vickers. Indulge him

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Julie Madly Deeply

  • Rated as: 4/5

Sarah-Louise Young's tribute to the discipline and talent of Julie Andrews

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Titty Bar Ha Ha

  • Rated as: 1/5

A dispiriting entertainment that, despite its apparent debauchery, is conservative in form and sensibility

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Auden, Britten, Mitchell and Ravenhill: Tell Me the Truth About Love

  • Rated as: 2/5

Directed by Mark Ravenhill, this set of songs about the failure to connect fails to connect

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Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model

  • Rated as: 5/5

Brony Kimmings's collaboration with her nine-year-old niece is hilarious, heartbreaking and inspirational

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Die Roten Punkte: Kunst Rock (Art Rock)

  • Rated as: 4/5

The sibling comic rockers return with a banging, strangely lovely show

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Circa Wunderkammer

  • Rated as: 4/5

The sensual and exhilirating latest from the innovative circus troupe

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The Worst of Scottee

  • Rated as: 4/5

An affecting, unsettling memoir of adolescence from the alt-performance dynamo

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The Creative Martyrs: After the Apocalypse

  • Rated as: 4/5

A fascinating experiment in cabaret as a model for politics in its purest form

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Tomás Ford: Electric Midnight Cabaret

  • Rated as: 4/5

The electrifying Tomás Ford wants you to know: ‘Nothing bad is happening. Forgive this show. You are not alone.’

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Myra DuBois: Service with a Sneer

  • Rated as: 4/5

Myra DuBois does it best when she does nothing at all

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Lady Rizo

  • Rated as: 5/5

Last year's TO&ST award-winner returns with another sensational set, this time with a melancholy streak

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Dusty Limits: Psycho

  • Rated as: 5/5

A hugely assured set themed around mental illness

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Briefs: The Second Coming

  • Rated as: 5/5

Gloriously perverted circus spectacle from the Brisbane troupe

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Tricity Vogue: Calamitous Liaisons

  • Rated as: 4/5

A charming, accomplished and loveable set about romantic misadventures

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Edinburgh Fringe cabaret highlights 2013

The month-long arts extravaganza isn't just about plays and stand-up, y'know. Here's our pick of events from the Fringe's dedicated cabaret programme