In Vogue: Songs by Madonna
The Boards, Edinburgh Playhouse
8- 9, 15-17 August.
All the way from Australia comes Michael Griffiths to bring us his alter ego, “the most famous bitch on the planet” – Madonna to the festival, upstairs in the plush Playhouse Bar.
Playing with his baby grand piano, with his dapper smart shirt, braces and slick hairdo, he reads and sings Louise Ciccone’s diary and back catalogue with panache, style and feeling, whilst drinking out of the finest china known to mangina!
Any decent Madge fan will get his Gaga gags: on royalties: “if you can’t resist the delicious rush from stealing music – then steal gagas” meow!
He’s got style, that’s what all the guys n dolls say, Michael is a fantastic cabaret act, he’ll l ‘take you there’, go see. FOUR STARS.
Reviewer – Christine Morgan
If you are looking for some music throughout the Fringe, I can’t do much better than point you in the direction of the Tron Church. This year is the first time that the PBH free fringe has moved into the realms of music, taking over the iconic church at the heart of Edinburgh & the Royal Mile. Where 50 years ago, 8 pubs opened their doors to comedian & amateur dramtics on the fringes of the more high brow Edinburgh International Festival, so a decade ago the Frre fringe grew up as a cheaper alternative to the financial leviathan that the Fringe had become. Here, instead of paying out thousands of pounds, a performer plays for free & passes a bucket around at the end of the performance, with the venue happy with the till receipts from the bar.
In the same fashion, Dave Shand has organised some of the best young acts in Edinburgh, mixed with musicians drawn from all over the world, filling an all-day programme of hourly performances. Its an eclectic mix, from one men acoustic acts to to the full-on soft-porn of a Burlesque show. Here’s some of the highlights which Dave kindly picked out for us;
Midnight – Fri 9th / Fri 16th / Sat 17th / Fri 23rd / Sat 24th
Sun 11th – 6PM
Thurs 15th – 4PM
Saturday 24th Midday
Children’s Didgereedoo class 11AM daily
Sat 10th 4PM
Thurs 15th – 8PM
The Tron’s Mural being painted throughout the festival