Edinburgh review: Lady Rizo

Written for The Stage

“You’re so lovely,” Lady Rizo purrs at us, before crescendoing in a caramel growl “and so fucking lucky.” After a spine-tingling hour, it’s hard not to agree with her. Lady Rizo’s intimate set is a rare chance to see this New York chanteuse and Grammy award winner up close and personal.

While performing vintage reinterpretations of 1980s and 1990s songs and original material – including the hypnotic Ink Dip – she peppers a soaring set with stories and skits that have you hooked.

It may sound old hat, but Lady Rizo, the performance persona of Amelia Zirin-Brown, is captivatingly contradictory. Deliciously blending performance art and burlesque one minute, she is a temptress. The next minute, she’s a comedienne, flirting at us with a rose before eating it. We’re all a flutter. It’s like being kept in a permanent state of arousal.

Burlesque has a long political history of parody and caricature that has become lost in the bosom of the female striptease. Lady Rizo brings it back to its roots, mixing its sexy new form with the voice of an angel, the irreverence of variety and so much more. Empowering, strange and soulful – make sure you catch this cabaret superstar while you can.

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