Thursday, August 6, 2009

Highlight #15 - Camille O'Sullivan: The Dark Angel

Arguably, I’ve saved the best til last. Over the past 2 years, Camille O’Sullivan has seductively slipped her way into the upper reaches of the Edinburgh Fringe hierarchy, first appearing at the Spiegeltent in 2007, then with a sell-out run at the Queen’s Hall in 2008.

This year, Camille brings her Dark Angel show back to the larger and even higher profile venue of the Assembly Hall, where she will once again bewitch, beguile and bemuse with her heady and addictive blend of talent and charm.

Although perfectly able to pick up the mantle of Piaf, Dietrich and other stellar cabaret chanteuses, Irish-French Camille has a style all of her own and a voice capable of whispering gently in your ear one minute, then ripping your heart out through your ribcage the next.

Her set consists of classics of the genre, with a heavy leaning towards the canon of Jacques Brel, Nick Cave and Tom Waits. Recently, she has also begun to introduce her take on more modern and mainstream gems by Bowie and Radiohead, meaning a Camille show moves gracefully through a set studded with some gems from the last 40 years.

Backed by an excellent live band and with a fantastic line in between-song banter and audience rapport, by the end of the evening Camille will have you in the palm of her hand (or beneath her sparkly red stilettos). It will also be an evening in which you will have been moved, entertained, and left stunned by the range and talent of one of the Fringe’s absolute and well-deserved stars.

Camille O’Sullivan: The Dark Angel runs from 6th to 31st August (not Tuesdays) at the Assembly Hall. Price £15.

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