Sarah-Louise Young is appearing as herself accompanied by Michael Roulston, with one special guest Cabaret Whore character on March 17th-19th 2015 at the Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel, London.
Book soon, it’s sure to sell out.
Sarah and Michael were thrilled to be acknowledged by the judges of The London Cabaret Awards last night receiving Best Musical Variety Act.
Credit also to Richard Link for his contribution to the material.
“Sarah-Louise Young moves from two highly successful years on the Free Fringe to the Underbelly in her latest one-woman cabaret show and it’s a sparkling performance as is the dress she wears in her first persona as Bernie St Claire. She sings with experience of the nightclub circuit, all sultry and sexy yet washed up. The next Diva Young plays is Karsha the Eastern European, seductively dressed in a purple cat suit and suitably feline in her delivery. She tells the packed audience, “I came to work in the sex industry but no job so I work in a primary school.” A new character is Baby Doll and her Doll, child star of the cult TV hit Rainbow Creek, treads the fine line between the innocent joys of childhood and the dark comedy of a small girl who refuses to grow up. Her final Diva is the tortured French chanteuse La Poule Plombée, complete with kitchen knife and suffering from clinical depression. All Young’s characters are delivered with style and a certain savoire-faire. She is highly entertaining with a talent that simply oozes with confidence. This is a captivating hour of cabaret at its very best.” Robin Strapp
“Sarah-Louise Young, who is currently 33.3 (recurring) % of the fabulous Fascinating Aida is certainly working her arse off on the fringe. This hour long show Cabaret Whore: More! More! More! sees her playing a series of four divas (some generic, others cheekily based closely on real-life ones) before shooting off to join FA at another venue a mere 45 minutes later.
With barely a night off and a month of two shows to perform you really do wonder why some performers in the West End who may only have a few big numbers per show can’t manage eight shows a week. You know who you are.
We enter the auditorium and are individually and hilariously greeted by Young in character as Bernie St. Claire (blonde but not a lisping stone’s throw from Liza) before seeing her set succeeded by the the other characters including her final one – a fabulously gloomy knife-wielding bitter French chanteuse called La Poule Plombée (the frumpy pigeon).
What’s even more impressive is that Young has written the material herself and not only is her performance remarkable but the material is laugh-out-loud funny. The pastiches of musical styles are spot on (composer Michael Roulston) while the show cleverly and subversively deconstructs the whole performer/audience relationship. Rather brilliant.”
Review by West End Whingers
A quick-change creates Karsha, the Eastern European performance artist who came to work in the sex trade but who was lied to and ended up on the stage. New character Baby Doll, the grown-up child star still in her yellow tutu and similarly attired dolly, sings songs so provocative they would be truly unsettling on a real child’s lips. For a finale, there is La Poule Plombee, a depressive and, it must be added, baffling French chanteuse is wheeled out.
Young’s songs for each character are perfectly pitched. MD Michael Roulston’s pastiche tunes are spot on while Young’s lyrics bite as hard as her characters. Great stuff.”
|“I am warmly greeted with “Well hellloooo beautiful lady” by a glamorous American woman in a costume that, I have to admit, I am very jealous of; it’s a dress that would put Liza Minnelli to shame! We are introduced to four very different cabaret divas in this one woman show, each character with their own hilarious idiosyncrasies, each engaging with the audience in their own special way – there’s an Eastern European neo-cabaret star and a furious French woman to name two. The costume changes are impressive as they are fast, and the singing is faultless. If you’re looking for fun at the Fringe as well as some top quality entertainment, go check out this show. ”
tw rating 4/5 [efs]
Finally Michael gets name-checked for his collaboration! Thank you Ben.
Listen here to Ben’s audio thumbs up: Time Out audio review
“…Things get off to a great start with Cabaret Whore: More! More! More! a solo show from Sarah-Louise Young, who has just got a gig as the third member of Fascinating Aida. You can tell you are in the presence of class as soon as you walk through the door. Dressed in a shimmering sequined gown, our versatile diva welcomes us in the persona of Bernie St Claire, a desperately needy chanteuse with a distinct similarity to Liza Minnelli. When Bernie takes the stage the voice is extraordinary, slightly lisping from drugs or alcohol but bursting with emotion and yearning and an unquenchable need for attention. The lyrics are sparkling, clever and deliciously witty, and Young delivers her song with a divinely mischievous twinkle. Another marvellous creation is La Poule Plombee – a tragic Piaf type figure with a quavering Gallic torch-song voice who accessorises with tears and a knife and sings of her insurmountable addiction to tragedy and her barely disguisable contempt for the audience. Baby Doll, a former child star, looks uncomfortably like Turner-prize-winning transvestite sculptor Grayson Perry… I loved the bizarre Eastern European ukulele player Kasia who wears a skintight lilac ensemble with a purple nylon wig and sings absurdly optimistic tactless ditties about life as an immigrant in the UK.”
Read the full article: Clare Smith\’s Scotsman Cabaret Review
“This is an act honed to perfection, the words of the songs are witty, the musical parodies spot-on. An hour simply slipped by, and she deserves every star going. I’d be very surprised if this doesn’t sell out, so grab tickets while you can…”
This is part of a lovely review from an audience member on Edinburgh Festival Guide.
Read more: Howard Bradshaw review
The Cabaret Whore team are very excited about a Scotsman review due to be published soon. Claire Smith’s round-up of cabaret shows in Friday’s Scotsman will leads with a 4* for Cabaret Whore and feature comments such as:
“You can tell you are in the presence of class as soon as you walk through the door… The lyrics are sparkling, clever and deliciously witty.”
Woo hoo! Watch this space.
“Sarah Louise-Young, the long running champion of the free Fringe has, after countless gushing reviews the last few years and several awards, come to her senses. The show that could be seen for beer money now has a decent afternoon slot in the Underbelly. Quite right too, as Young’s one woman show is an absolute blast.”
Read more: Hairline review
“This is a show has a lot to recommend it : the range and depth of the characters Young has developed, her obvious talent as a cabaret vocalist, the musical and lyrical content and the thought that has been put into costumes, lighting and sound. An amusing and entertaining hour”
Read more at: Fringe Review review
“I only have 5 stars to award any show unfortunately, ‘cause I’d like to award her more, more, more, but I can’t!!!”
Read more at : One4Review Edfest review
A great night at the Lowry. Five stars!
“…She’s funny, she can sing, she’s a talented actor and most of all she’s written some great material… songs are pure genius…” Read more:
“Sarah-Louise Young is as impressive this year as she was last… highly entertaining, and all so much fun throughout” Read more:
The Latest review with four stars!
Sarah-Louise has a fantastic feature in the Independent: The Lady of 1,000 Faces
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