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les. And to Sally Bow g in rd o cc a t re acts are Life is a caba g one if these n ti ci x e t h g ri it’s a down otte Lytton y, says Charl b o g to g in anyth The Bongo Club Cabaret (and NYE Club) Late night festival loiterers will be entertained, tantalised and amused by a variety of Fringe acts carefully selected for your viewing pleasure, as The Bongo Club Cabaret enters its 14th glorious year. With past shows featuring dislocated limbs and feminist strip teases, The Bongo Club is a one stop shop for cabaret variety and regularly plays to packed out audiences from around the world. As one of the most critically acclaimed acts at the festival (the show regularly picks up five star reviews), there is certainly a lot riding on this year’s show. But their winning mix of burlesque, music, comedy, theatre and circus acts is set to be another sure-fire success and reaffirm their status as one of the most anarchic and archaic shows at the Fringe.

Out of the Blue Fresh from their appearance on Britain’s Got Talent last year, all male a cappella troupe Out of the Blue are bringing their hit show from Oxford to Edinburgh once again. But don’t be fooled by their suited and booted appearance: these posh boys know how to hold a tune. Each song is expertly mashed up with another – whether it’s ABBA or Alexandra Burke, simply sit back and enjoy a musical tour through the decades. The Out of the Blue lads are always keen to add some

comedy to proceedings, and if last year’s rendition of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face is anything to go by, they won’t disappoint in their new run. With incredible beat-boxing, haunting harmonies and japes aplenty, Out of the Blue truly make a cappella original. It’s often hard to believe the things coming out of these boys’ mouths, but for all the right reasons. Assembly George Square

2:00pm – 2:50pm, 1–27 Aug, not 15, £5 – £10.50

The Bongo Club

times and dates vary, £10 – £12

Anthony Rapp: Without You It’s been a decade and half since Broadway smash RENT first debuted, and numerous revivals of the show around the world have kept the spirit of La Vie Boheme alive. But in Anthony Rapp’s memoir musical Without You, he reminisces about the early days of the show before the awards came rolling in. The show explores the passing of two significant figures in his life: Jonathan Larson, who wrote RENT, and Rapp’s mother. With a score consisting of both original music and some of the best loved tunes from the Broadway musical, Rapp sings his way through the some of the sadness and successes in his life. A five piece rock band complete the show, one which is sure to capture the hearts and minds of RENT fans around the world. Underbelly, Bristo Square

10:30pm – 11:45pm, 1–26 Aug, not 13, £8 – £16

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Brazil! Brazil! Presents Favela Funk Party Couldn’t make it to South America this year? Worry not, because a are bringing a slice of Latino flavour to the British isles. You don’t need Rio when you can have samba and funk courtesy of a stellar band and dancers that really bring the experience to life. This red hot musical explosion is the perfect way to spend the evening enjoying the very

soul of Brazil right in the centre of Edinburgh. Embrace the clash of the continents and dance your troubles away in this reggae and rumba filled party. The Assembly Rooms

10:45pm – 12:45am, 2–26 Aug, £16

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