Despite the title this is NOT your every day variety show.
It’s 23:00, I’m in the Pleasance Queen Dome. The centre of the room is a circular floor space, the ring for tonight’s entertainment. Our ringmaster, Lili la Scala. The room is washed in a purple light, complimented by the smoke machine, creating an atmosphere that completely absorbs you.
La Scala took the stage, belting out an impressive song which immediately woke me up. Her voice is incredible, her movement is sensual, and her attitude is downright sexual. After getting the audience to make erotic noises for her own entertainment, and making one man particularly sweaty by sitting on his lap (to the displeasure of his wife), she then introduced the first act.
Being a variety night, I feel reviewing each individual performers would be pointless, least because they will probably not be returning on the bill. I can however tell you that Lili pulls in the highest class names from across the festival to come on and perform.
One such performer to make the stage was The Boy With Tape On His Face, a festival favourite and a performer I myself had tried and failed to get tickets for earlier in the day. He was joined by magicians, comedians, burlesque dancers, singers, jugglers and even a tarot reader- of sorts.
As is common with shows I go to see, I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t expect to come out of a show so late at night (or should that be early in the morning?) as buzzing and energised as I did. It was truly a captivating menagerie of entertainment, and a cheap way to test the water of shows and performers you would otherwise not consider.
I am very tempted to go again before week’s end, and you all be coming too, right? Say “yes Lili!”
A fantastic show, with charm, talent & innuendo in abundance. A must see while in Edinburgh. *****