This year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival showcased the best comedy, dance, art and performance talent on offer, and Grazia had a front row seat for the last weekend (24-27 August). We’re pleased to report that it was the women who came out on top. Here are our top acts to watch out for. Why? They’re going to be HUGE.
You know Camille, of course. The singer is a double act with long-time friend Feargal Murray (she sings, he plays piano). But you’ve never seen her like this. She took to the stage of Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre to recite Shakespeare’s poem, The Rape of Lucree. Most of the dark verses were narrated and others sung, Camille’s stunning, powerful and bluesy voice adding a contemporary twist to the poem about the rape of a virgin by a Prince. Her album Changeling is out now. www.camilleosullivan.com
Susan has already a regular on Radio 4 and BBC Scotland, but after her stand-up performances at this year’s Fringe - each one sold put including her extra shows – she’s most definitely made her mark on the comedy circuit. Openly gay, the crux of her hilarious how, This Lady’s Not For Turning Either, was a self-deprecating, sarcastic and very loud routine about her marriage and coming to terms with her homosexuality in her small Glaswegian hometown. We cried with laughter when she used audio extracts from Helen Mirran in Prime Suspect, interspersed with her own responses. Check her out now www.susancalman.com
Comedienne Mary has been on the comedy circuit for 10 years, but this was the first Grazia saw of her – and we couldn’t get enough. Don’t let her pretty Dublin twang mislead you, there’s a sharp, scathing tongue underneath and the contrast of her soft voice and long-winded rants about upper class toffs and over-zealous mothers on Mumsnet is comedy gold. www.comedycv.co.uk/marybourke
Lily la Scala
Lily’s act, Not Another F**king Variety Show, was unlike anything we’d seen before. After she swanned around the audience singing her heart out, a number of mind-boggling acts followed, namely Miss Behave, one of the last remaining female sword swallowers in the world and Mr Mat Ricardo (as seen on Jonathan Ross), who juggled with machetes before mastering the art of the old table cloth trick. A rollicking good night – so catch it if you can!