Cabaret Whore Presents… La Poule Plombée

Sarah-Louise Young and Michael Roulston

Cabaret Whore

The Voodoo Rooms

From 05 August 2016 to 28 August 2016

Rating: ****

Review by Robin Strapp

Sarah-Louise Young makes a welcomed return to this years Fringe with her superb cabaret show Cabaret Whore Presents La Poule Plombée accompanied by the virtuoso musical director Michael Roulston.

The knife-bearing siren songstress has a wonderful voice and performs original songs with witty lyrics with apparent ease and confidence.

You can’t help but be drawn into the French character she creates, furious that she is compared to Piaf, the Little Sparrow, whilst Poule Plombée roughly translates as “The Frumpy Pigeon”.

She quickly establishes a delightful rapport with the audience, many of whom were obvious fans and involves some of them in her show.

She starts the song “My Voice” and what a voice she has, a true talent.

There are some topical jokes about Brexit and she says, “I’m glad to be spending a month in Scotland amongst friends.”

Poule Plombée is a troubled spirit brought up by her butcher papa and mama. “Love has always evaded me” is a heartbreaking song sung with passion.

The variety of music is impressive including a song about her little black dress and, by contrast, “Baggage” about a love affair with a luggage handler at Luton airport.

All too soon, the show ends with all the audience joining in the chorus of the song “Encore, Encore, Encore”.

It is a complete pleasure to spend an hour in the company of Sarah-Louise Young.