Reuben Kaye

Kaye dazzles, a heady combination of eyelashes and rhinestones, a force to be reckoned with as he greets each of his guests on the way in and on the way out of his show. This is a beautifully personal touch largely lost in the edFest by anyone not requiring to hold a coin bucket outside their venue, and the sentiment is not lost on the guests. As this self confessed ‘oestrogen rocket’ explodes on stage with a horse tail mic and 8 inch platform heels, he immediately sets the scene for what will be a sexually voracious introspection of the world according to Kaye.

A sexually voracious introspection of the world according to Kaye.

Kaye’s formidable vocals, quick fire acerbic one liners and self indulgent social commentary oozes with sexual energy, and behind the gags Kaye has a depth of character which elevates this performance from yet another drag cabaret show. The juxtaposition of raw masculine sexual energy entwined with Kaye’s oft comedic, sometimes political presence creates a space in which the narrative of gender privilege is rewritten. Kaye very deliberately alludes to his space being a place where heterosexual white men are the minority, and this is how we challenge the patriarchy - standing up like this and talking about consent and difference and alternative viewpoints.

The themes of Kaye’s show are many - power ballads about sailor boys, costume malfunctions, passive aggressive lighting changes, art references and expertly woven audience interaction, Kaye fabulously delivers his material somewhat like Julian Clary without a filter. The tempo changes throughout, and the audience laps it up. From cheering and jeering along to his rendition of a Kate Bush song, moments later the audience are silently transfixed as Kaye narrates the story of the homophobic attack which birthed this beauty of a star.

The structure of the show is non existent, and when Kaye declares 40 minutes in that he’s yet to commence his show, we believe him. The audience can forgive the whopping 15 minutes overtime - who wouldn’t want an extra 15 minutes with this bastion of the night? However it does indicate a haphazard quality to the material, which doesn’t seem to follow any coherent thread. Tightening this up will surely elevate Kaye’s performance to a 5 star.

Reviews by Jodie McVicar

Gilded Balloon Teviot

Mandy Muden: Is Not the Invisible Woman

★★★★
Army @ The Fringe in Association with Summerhall

Dead Equal

★★★★
The Fawlty Towers Dining Room at the Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hotel

Fawlty Towers Live Themed Dinner Show

★★★★★
Greenside @ Nicolson Square

Within

★★★★
Assembly Roxy

Pops

★★★★
National Museum of Scotland

Museum Late: Fringe Fridays

★★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

'Kaye shines!' (Scotsman). 'A comedy star' (Times). 'The evil love child of Liza Minnelli and Jim Carrey' (BritishTheatre.com). 'Reuben Kaye is everything a cabaret act should be' (Chortle.co.uk). The obscenely intelligent, beautifully filthy, and rib-crackingly funny, Reuben Kaye finally returns to Edinburgh in an explosion of high camp and filthy humour. 'Colossally fabulous' (Scotsman). 'A one-man tour de force, hilarious, outrageous and bloody fabulous. Reuben Kaye's got the goods' ***** (Advertiser). ***** (EdFestMag.com). ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ***** (One4Review.co.uk).

Most Popular See More

The Book of Mormon

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

From £12.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Lion King

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

My Fair Lady

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Back to the Future - The Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets