With Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 kicking off this week, Theatre Editor Daniel Perks picks some of the cabaret acts he's most looking forward to. Read on for delightful debauchery:

Now I go gaga for good cabaret. So I have already metaphorically (maybe physically) wet my pants at the thought of so much talent congregating around this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019.

With 3,841 shows in 323 venues across the city, there’s more than a little variety to choose from. Read some of my top picks below:

Alfie Ordinary EdFringe 2019
Alfie Ordinary (image courtesy of Kate Pardey)

Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous

In his Edinburgh debut, multi-award winning drag prince (son of a drag queen) Alfie Ordinary is anything but. He frequently opens for RuPaul’s Drag Racecontestants on their global tours and has achieved worldwide success from Hollywood to Adelaide, with a few prizes in Brighton along the way.

Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous tells of self-acceptance and otherness, bucking the trend of gender identification or sexual labels. Because Alfie identifies as fabulous, existing in a fabulous world full of fabulous people.

Anything but Ordinary indeed.

Read my interview with Alfie in full now.

Catch Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous from 31 July – 25 August 2019 at Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 Little Death Club
Little Death Club’s Bernadette Byrne (image courtesy of Ayesha Hussian)

Little Death Club

Bernie Dieter is back! And she’s bringing her darkest troupe with her, returning in resplendent glory to Edinburgh after a successful 2018.

This Little Death Club is a fierce family of cabaret, circus and wicked comedy, all rolled up into one sinfully decadent package. And Dieter rules the roost with the kind of iron fist that leaves you begging for more.

Dick pics and naked mole rats galore.

Read my review of Little Death Club from 2018 in full now.

Catch Little Death Club from 3 – 24 August 2019 at Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows.

Reuben Kaye EdFringe 2019
Reuben Kaye

Reuben Kaye

This Australian cabaret superstar is returning to Edinburgh coated in glory. One of the scenes most in-demand performers, Kaye gives you sex and sass with sickening ferocity. Those eyelashes alone can make you recoil in horror and lean forward in lustful anticipation.

Reuben Kaye brings two shows up to the Fringe this year. One is a cabaret evening show with a strong 16+ age recommendation. And then there’s his late night, no holes (yes, I do mean holes) barred performance at The Kaye Hole.

Enough said.

Catch Reuben Kaye from 31 July – 25 August 2019 at Assembly Checkpoint.

Catch The Kaye Hole every weekend in August 2019 at Assembly Checkpoint.

Cat Loud EdFringe 2019
Cat Loud

Cat Loud Quartet: Torch Songs

I first caught jazz cabaret singer Cat Loud in a dusky basement in an Edinburgh Fringe long past, and I was hooked. Cut to this fringe, where I discover three performances only and book in instantly.

Torch Songs sings of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, of pain and power and passion. And with Cat Loud at the helm, it promises to be nothing short of perfection.

Read my review of Cat Loud: Torch Songs in full now.

Catch Cat Loud: Torch Songs from 2 – 5 August 2019 at The Jazz Bar.

Crystal Rasmussen EdFringe 2019
Crystal Rasmussen

Crystal Rasmussen presents The Bible 2 (Plus a Cure for Shame, Violence, Betrayal and Athlete’s Foot) Live!

I saw Crystal Rasmussen‘s book, Diary of a Drag Queen, in a queer bookshop in Glasgow this weekend. I squealed like the femboy I am and was instantly joined in my enthusiasm by an unashamedly positive queer chorus. Crystal Rasmussen deserves such a reaction.

One fifth of powerhouse band DENIM, Crystal’s book has become a staple of modern queer literature, and her show The Bible 2 (Plus a Cure for Shame, Violence, Betrayal and Athlete’s Foot) Live! promises to create just as much noise.

Catch The Bible 2 (Plus a Cure for Shame, Violence, Betrayal and Athelete’s Foot) Live! from 1 – 25 August 2019 at Underbelly Cowgate.