Cachín Cachán Cachunga! @ Priscillas
Curated by enterprising duo Zorras, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! has grown over the past two years to become Edinburgh's most consistently radical cabaret experience. Through their eclectic range of arts – the September event includes film from Alec Butler, boylesque from Cherry Loco, live surf punk and British Sign Language performance poetry.
Cherry Loco is a popular presence in the Glasgow burlesque scene: his loving recreations of classic glamour tropes, given a wicked gender twist, make him a prime exponent of neo-burlesque's crafty reappropriation of the past. Nathan Gale has a sharp way with sardonic monologues and hosts Zorras promise their unique brand of 'poetry-music-video-weirdness fusion. With megaphones.' And there is a spot of performance from Afro-Cuban dance duo Lily & Yamil.
Cachín's originality is based in the intentions of the founders, Sandra Alland, Y. Josephine, Lily, and Ania Urbanowska. In 2009, when cabaret was booming, they deliberately curated the night "to showcase the creations of both local & international queer & trans artists – with an added focus on disabled, deaf, BME & migrant communities." This conscious aesthetic then extended to the format – hence the inclusion of art forms not normally associated with a cabaret night. After this, the policy of shifting from venue to venue for each event was almost inevitable.
Variety has now re-established itself as a mainstream entertainment, rescued from the Saturday Night Special filmed from a fading English holiday resort and starring a fading English comedian. Cachín Cachán Cachunga! is a subversive companion on its journey back to Light Entertainment. [Gareth K Vile]