Fringe preview: Oh Là Là

Fantastique and féline, Parisian cabaret star Isabelle Georges returns to the Fringe this year with her trademark soaring vocals, theatrical delivery and a stunning five-piece band.
AAA caught up with the chanteuse for a chat.

  • How has your Fringe been so far?

Exciting, challenging, very inspiring!
A feast for the eyes, the ears… and the stomach :o)

  • Tell me a bit about the show you’re in?

My show is called Oh Là Là! I chose this title because this very ‘French’ expression encompasses every single reaction one can possibly experience in life.
It is a personality show, a concert with what we call a ‘fil rouge’. Everything connects and is there for a reason… subtle or obvious.
I see it as a collection of emotions coming at you all at once. Not necessarily making sense to start with, but all becoming apparent as we continue our musical journey.

  • How did you become involved in it?

My musical director, Frederik Steenbrink and I have been working on my solo act for a year and when Assembly offered us a slot at Assembly Checkpoint a few months ago, we knew we had to seize the opportunity!

  • What has the audience reaction been so far?Isabelle Georges, Edinburgh Fringe

Fantastique! So enthusiastic, thrilling!

  • There are thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

Because they will experience a journey packed with emotions, leaving them invigorated and ready to take on the world!
And because, I have the luxury of singing with 5 fabulous tall, dark, handsome, sexy, bearded French musicians!

  • Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?

Smoke and Mirrors, Ali MacGregor, Nina Simone soul sessions and Camille O’ Sullivan.

  • What’s on your hit list to see?

Camille O’ Sullivan, Urine Town and Marcus Brigstocke.

  • What do you like to do in Edinburgh on your day off?

See a show, take a walk (getting lost in the streets is the best way to discover the city), taking the book lovers’ tour…  at last!!!

  • Can you recommend a bar or restaurant in Edinburgh?fringe

Tupiniquim, which is a little ‘roulotte’ (caravan), serves the best Brazilian ‘crêpes’ in town!
And, The Earl of Marchmond, an exquisite little pub.

  • What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen this year? 

My guitar player, Edouard impersonating David Bowie while cooking eggs, bacon and sausages half asleep in the kitchen!

Oh Là Là Starring Isabelle Georges, Assembly Checkpoint (Venue 322), Bristo Place, until August 30 (not Aug 24), 7.25pm, £13-£15, 0131-623 3030

Words: Gary Flockhart