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Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Lili la Scala

Lili la Scala; Another F*cking Variety Show

Another F*cking Variety Show

At Pleasance Queen Dome

Tours & festivals

11.00pm 31st July – 23rd August (not 11/ 18/ 24th)

Lee Martin for Gag Reflex presents

Lili la Scala - Another F*cking Variety Show

at Pleasance Queen Dome

11.00pm 31st July – 23rd August (not 11/ 18/ 24th)

Ages 18+

Treat yourself to a late night date with Lili la Scala and her glittering cavalcade of Cabarati. Previous guests include Jason Manford and The Boy With Tape On His Face.

"Fantastic...charm, talent and innuendo in abundance. A must see..." – ***** ArtsAwardVoice.com


"La Scala was everything a compere should be. Fabulously dressed with a voice like buttercream and just the right amount of naughtiness" – OutlineOnline.co.uk


"A captivating performer - with the looks of a star and the voice of an angel" – EdinburghSpotlight.com




" deliciously sexy, a little bit bizarre and a whole lot of unbridled, raucous fun. Lili La Scala and her sparkling Cabaratti entourage are at the ready to cater to your every cheeky thought and naughty whim. Another F*cking Variety Show celebrates all that is weird and wonderful in the enthralling world of cabaret and burlesque. Every night features a smorgasbord of eclectic acts who take to the stage to give you a taste of their craft. From enticing vaudeville, audacious songs with playful double entendres to crowd-pleasing magic tricks, there is no dull moment to be had. La Scala is the ideal hostess and presenter of the festivities, bringing the show together with just the right amount of charm and panache. ." – Broadway Baby
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" Lili La Scala is always able to summon the best acts from the fringe and put them all together in a performance that totally engrosses you, she remains as unpredictable as ever. …this epitomises what the Fringe should represent. It is fun, a little bit out there, and unites audiences in a collective bubble of sheer amazement at the incredible array of talent in one room - with Lili la Scala steering the ship" – Arts Award Voice
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"Just a glimpse of Lili la Scala is enough to put a smile on your face" – Stage


"Lili La Scala has the voice of Vera Lynn and the figure of Jessica Rabbit" – The Telegraph


"Lili is an amazing performer with exceptional talents, both vocal and aesthetic. The performance was filled with glitz and glamour from beginning to end and left the audience in an absolute state of awe. There’s no doubt we will be asking her to grace us with her presence again and again..."
– Milk & Honey


"Many thanks to Miss Lili for appearing for us: She held the audience entranced as she delicately tiptoed around a stage floor of broken glass! Her act and professionalism is an asset to any burlesque night – and certainly was an asset to ours." – Bump’N’Grindhouse, Cambridge UK


"best of the best of the fringe, Lili la Scala is our host, this skilled compere and cabaret singer ties things together with ease and keeps us entertained with some sweet and suggestive vocals throughout the evening" – **** Louder Than War
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"If tonight’s guests on Lili la Scala’s wee hours fringe round-up are anything to go by, there’s a treat in store for the rest of the festival month, topped, naturally, by the emerald-frocked chanteuse with golden-tonsilled numbers...Thanks to Lili, a ripping line-up that puts the variety firmly in Variety" – The Stage
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Lili la Scala: Easy vintage at the Fringe? No such Thinge!

By Three Weeks

If you are performing at the Fringe, you need to look the part. And we mean 24/7. Here is Lili la Scala with some tips;

I like to treat the Edinburgh Fringe as a month long showcase. “So do we!” I hear you cry. But do you really? When you step out of your front door, do you have your game face on? At three o’clock in the morning are you feigning inebriation (you’ve given up drinking for the month) in the Loft Bar, still with face and heels attached even though your feet are burning more than those of a Hans Christian Anderson mermaid? Are you flirting with, charming and desperately bewitching all you meet whilst clinging insanely to your sanity? If not, try harder my darlings. Don’t let your first meeting with your future director, producer or spouse be when you are lying in your own stress-induced vomit in a rain-soaked gutter clutching a deep fried haggis. Be like the swan, gliding elegantly from home to mile to venue ad infinitum. “But how, Lili, how?” you clamor. Hush dears, and Lili will tell you. Prepare, prepare, prepare. I cannot stress this enough. Decide in advance (six months I find is plenty) what clothes you are taking. The clothes you wear influence the perception that people have of you and there is never another chance to make a first impression. So wear good clothes and ideally wash them regularly. At Edinburgh, you are on display 24/7, so if you are standing on the Royal Mile looking hungover and smelling like last week’s rubbish, will I take your soggy pulpy flyer? Probably not. Look professional, act professional and the rest will follow. Do something everyday which is completely un-Fringe-related. Take ten minutes to stroll away from the city, sit in a park, go to the gym, breathe. Let your mind take the time to reset, it is super important if you want to avoid Fringe Burnout. For those of you with a vintage twist (and who doesn’t love a vintage twist?), ladies more than chaps, a headscarf covers a multitude of sins. Rain hair, bed hair, show hair, I cannot recommend the humble headscarf enough. I team mine with huge black sunglasses, a slash of red lippy and a statement cape. My current favourite cape came from Armstrong’s Vintage Emporium last Fringe and it is hooded, yellow tartan and almost ground-skimming (dangerous with Edinburgh’s torrential rain but who doesn’t like to live on the edge?). A good cape or coat can disguise the most mundane of outfits whilst protecting you from the mid-summer Scottish chill. If a headscarf is a little too Monarch for you, wear a hat, but don’t let the hat wear you. There are several fabulous vintage-inspired hat shops in Edinburgh, my favourite being Fabhatrix, 13 Cowgatehead. I love this shop so much that each year I factor in a hat from them into my Fringe budget. So my darlings, enjoy your Fringe, work hard, play harder, but most importantly, remember what Lili taught you; glamour, always glamour.

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