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La Clique Noël – Part Deux

Un­til Jan 5, Fes­ti­val Square, Ed­in­burgh

In­ter­na­tional hit La Clique re­turns to Ed­in­burgh with a new show at the Fes­ti­val Square Spiegel­tent on Loth­ian Road to head­line Ed­in­burgh’s Christ­mas 2018.

Mix­ing cabaret, new bur­lesque, cir­cus and con­tem­po­rary vaude­ville, La Clique Noël – Part Deux runs un­til Jan­uary 5 with a new cast af­ter the suc­cess of its first Christ­mas show in Ed­in­burgh last year.

Born at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe in 2004, the mul­ti­award win­ning pro­duc­tion has since toured the globe to in­ter­na­tional ac­claim and has a reimag­ined line-up of new “dys­func­tional artists” as well as some favourites for this year’s sea­sonal edi­tion, in­clud­ing the as­tound­ing fire-eater and sword-swal­lower Heather Hol­l­i­day, aeri­al­ist Stephen Wil­liams and mis­tress of may­hem, host Bernie Di­eter, also the MC of Ed­in­burgh Fringe 2018 hit, Lit­tle Death Club.

Al­ready mak­ing her mark at this run is La Clique new­comer Veronica Thomp­son aka Fancy Chance, an artist who in­cor­po­rates com­edy, bur­lesque, drag, cir­cus, cabaret, po­lit­i­cal com­men­tary and live art as well as her sig­na­ture hair hang­ing.

“I’ve tried to get her be­fore but she’s been booked on an­other tour,” says David Bates, La Clique’s creative pro­ducer since its de­but in 2004 and the man who first in­tro­duced the Spiegel­tent to the Ed­in­burgh fes­ti­val in 1996.

“It’s gob­s­mack­ing what she does – she ac­tu­ally flies around the room by her hair. In her set there’s gen­uine gasp-in­duc­ing mo­ments like I haven’t seen in many, many years. You are ac­tu­ally stunned by what she does. and it re­minds me of that orig­i­nal show all those years ago.”

Now with live mu­sic fully in­te­grated into the show courtesy of La Clique Palace Orkestra – a troupe fea­tur­ing singer Kelly Wolf­gram and led by Dan­nie Bourne, a mu­si­cian who toured with Chuck Berry at the age of 23 – La La Clique Noël – Part Deux is the best ver­sion yet of the show, says Bates. “I liked the show last year but this is even a few notches above that,” he says. “I’m not be­ing en­thu­si­as­tic for the sake of it; I’m thrilled by it. The col­lec­tion of artists, the cal­i­bre, is just su­perb. They are the creme de la creme of this kind of


From left: Scot­tish Bal­let’s Cin­derella; Bernie Di­eter is host of genre-defin­ing con­tem­po­rary cir­cus-cabaret show La Clique Noël - Part Deux

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