REVIEW: ABCd’airs | Anne Baquet, Claude Collet, Amandine Dehant, Anne Régnier

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Aug 6-30 | On Demand | French Institute of Scotland Online | Fringe Player | Get Tickets

ABCd’airs (translating to the ABC of tunes) is a feast of different art forms all baked up into an innovative Fringe show. Classical Musical meets Theatrical Cabaret crossed with sketch comedy, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this performance.

Even with my limited knowledge of French (which this show is performed in) the astonishing women have such excellent comic timing and slapstick expression that I was still able to clearly understand and enjoy much of the action.

The highlight of this performance by far was the encore in which an A-Z of songs were performed in different genres, so you never knew what was coming next. Whoever decided to create a medley for the letter Y including The Beatles classics Yesterday and Yellow Submarine layering The Village People’s YMCA over the top deserves a medal!

Enthusiastic, inspirited and always energetic these women don’t let up for a second, constantly changing tacts to take the audience by surprise. You won’t regret viewing this show, but you will be exhausted just watching.

The Arts Business Top Tips:

  • If you work in the music industry, think about showcasing different instruments. In many of the segments of ABC D’airs the double bass to pole position leading the music which is rarely seen. It adds a great vibe to the show and is a way to showcase underrepresented musicians.
  • Experimenting with the traditional form or nature of a creative endeavour is exactly what the fringe is about, so don’t be afraid to push the boundaries of your artform. You just might create some beauty.