08/10/2010 12:13 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Inexorable Rise of Variety and Cabaret

Everywhere you look this year in Edinburgh there's cabaret and variety: the genres have been becoming more popular over the years, notably with the huge success of La Clique, but this year their ubiquity is particularly noticeable. I think we're at a tipping point: the related genres of cabaret, variety and vaudeville have surged into the mainstream. This year, it feels frustrating that they don't have their own section in the big fringe brochure, since they don't tend to fit comfortably either into the theatre or music sections.