It is time once again for the cream of London’s cabaret scene to head north to Edinburgh where they will put on shows, drink plenty and try to avoid losing their minds. Our cabaret editor Ben Walters is up there for the duration, checking up on the latest shows from the Smoke’s finest and scouting out the hottest talent headed to the city soon. Read on here for his top tips if you’re up there.
This year also sees the return of TO&ST, the Time Out & Soho Theatre Edinburgh cabaret award, recognising the Fringe’s outstanding cabaret work. If you’re at the fest, don’t miss the chance this Saturday to see a fantastic BBC showcase of all of last year’s finalists – the Creative Martyrs, Dusty Limits, EastEnd Cabaret, Piff the Magic Dragon and Tomás Ford – plus winner Lady Rizo (BBC Potterow site, 11pm, Sat Aug 3).