By AARON McGILLIVRAY
THEY’RE NOT here to take part, they’re here to take over…
That’s the bold proclamation from The Lady Boys of Bangkok. Who can grudge them their confidence given they’ve become one of the most recongisable and best-known staples of the Edinburgh Fringe?
In August, the UK’s most popular and longest-running touring cabaret show will celebrate 20 unbroken years of headlining the Fringe.
Organisers promise their Wonder Women Tour takes the cabaret show to a new level, with favourites show tunes and performances from the last 20 re-imagined, with spectacular costumes, choreography and – of course – comedy.
Wonder Women celebrates divas including Cher, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Diana Ross, Pink, Shirley Bassey and even the superhero Wonder Woman herself. More surprising, perhaps, will be the inclusion of the “practically perfect in every way” Mary Poppins.
From Comic-Con to the catwalk and from the silver screen to the stage, this year’s show is intended to cater to the broadest of tastes. And it wouldn’t be Edinburgh without the rousing up-oan-yer-feet Scottish finale, with the Lady Boys proudly attired in their own registered tartan kilts.
The Sabai Pavilion will be in the spot it has occupied for the past couple of years, at Fountainbridge, where there are two well-stocked bars to keep the drinks flowing and the party going.