TO&ST – the Time Out & Soho Theatre Edinburgh Cabaret Award – was launched last year to celebrate excellence in cabaret at the Fringe and recognise a single outstanding show in the cabaret section of the programme. The prize consists of an extended run at Soho Theatre and feature coverage in Time Out London. Last year’s inaugural winner was the sensational Lady Rizo.
The award returned this year, with the 2012 judges – Time Out London cabaret editor Ben Walters, Soho Theatre comedy and cabaret producer Steve Lock and Glasgow-based cabaret producer Frodo McDaniel – joined by Scotsman reviewers Kate Copstick and Claire Smith. Today the shows nominated for the 2013 award are announced. The shortlist is as follows:Ben Hart: The Outsider
Eye-boggling dexterity and cheeky charisma from the young illusionist.Read the Time Out review here.Briefs: The Second Coming
The Brisbane troupe return with a gloriously perverted circus spectacle. Read the Time Out review here. Die Roten Punkte: Kunst Rock (Art Rock)
A strangely lovely show from the head-banging comic sibling rockers.Read the Time Out review here. Lynn Ruth Miller: Granny’s Gone Wild
Wonderfully entertaining hour from the Fringe's favourite octogenarian. Read the Time Out review here. Twonkey’s Blue Cadabra
The latest dispatch from Paul Vickers’s uniquely bizarro world of wonder. Read the Time Out review here.
The nominees will take part in a free showcase to be held at Assembly Checkpoint at 10.40pm (not midnight, as previously advertised) on Wednesday August 21, with the winner announced at the end. Secure your tickets here
See more Time Out London reviews of cabaret at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013 here
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