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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

ED FRINGE 2014 : Whatever Happened to LaLa Shockette : VENUE 43 ★★★★★



If Edinburgh is all about your star rating, ‘Whatever Happened to LaLa Shockette’ has the ability to dazzle, not only by the brilliance of Lowri-Ann Richards comic routine, but also the abundance of well known 80’s pop icons, she’s bonked and bumped into, over the years. From her humble Welsh beginnings, beautifully captured by her opening number, the purity soon descends into a colorful and complicated life, ending up at the Priory. I recognized Lowri-Ann from her early-televised comedy shows on S4C (Channel 4 Wales) in the nineties, long after her eclectic alter ego ‘LaLa Shockette’ had outshone even Danny La Rue (having only achieved one ‘La’!) from Soho to Wembley. Boy George, the McCartney’s, Steve Strange… chefs Heston and Marco (and even Delia!) are only a taster of what lies between her photomontage of memories and videos. Combined with a smooth and slick running technical show (including a follow spot, two dancers, piano and a glitter bomb!), the stories (and tears) fall off the hat stand as easy and colorful as the costumes.  A star filled brilliant cabaret, in a not so brilliant venue.

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