Lady Rizo wins Edinburgh Fringe's TO&ST Cabaret Award 2012

Lady Rizo won TO&ST Cabaret Award 2012
Green machine: Lady Rizo won new award

Lady Rizo, who this year made her European debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, was unanimously agreed by the judges as the winner of TO&ST, the Time Out & Soho Theatre Edinburgh Cabaret Award, the Fringe's first ever prize created to recognise cabaret work.

The organisers said that she stood out with “her extraordinary voice, audience engagement, charisma and humour, in a very accomplished, slick show that embraces the joy of cabaret”.

Lady Rizo was presented her award on the evening of Wednesday 22 August by the three award judges, Time Out Cabaret Editor Ben Walters, Soho Theatre Comedy & Cabaret Producer Steve Lock and Artistic Director of the Glasgow Cabaret Festival Frodo McDaniel.

On their decision the Walters said: “I’m confident that Time Out readers who respond to the cabaret artists we have been championing for many years will find Lady Rizo sensational.”

The shortlisted shows included: Dusty Limits: Post-Mortem; EastEnd Cabaret: Notoriously Kinky; An Hour Long Sinister Wink, Creative Martyrs, Piff the Magic Dragon in…Jurassic Bark and An Audience with Tomas Ford.

Lock added: “I love the spirit, joy and energy of Lady Rizo and we are delighted that she is the first winner of the cabaret award.”

McDaniel explained: “For a Fringe debut I could clearly see a cabaret star in the making. She deserves to be spoken of in the same breath as Camille O’Sullivan and Meow Meow.”

The shortlisted shows included: Dusty Limits: Post-Mortem; EastEnd Cabaret: Notoriously Kinky; An Hour Long Sinister Wink, Creative Martyrs, Piff the Magic Dragon in…Jurassic Bark and An Audience with Tomas Ford.

Following the inclusion of cabaret as a separate section at the Fringe in 2011 this is the first award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe purely for cabaret shows.

On Saturday at Assembly George Square a showcase featuring all the shortlisted shows and hosted by Miss Behave was held to celebrate the first year of the award.

  • Lady Rizo is on at Bosco, Assembly George Square at 10.20pm until Monday. For ticket details phone 0131 226 0000 or visit www.assemblyfestival.com.

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