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2014 Edinburgh Fringe

Cocktails with the Diva

  • Cabaret (music)
  • 10:15pm (50 mins)
  • 1-10, 12-17 & 19-24 Aug 2014
  • Assembly Rooms
  • £9 - £10
Cocktails with the Diva. Image shows from L to R: Jeremy Limb, Melinda Hughes. Copyright: Yalli Productions / Shed Productions
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Spend an hour in the boudoir of Diva Melinda Hughes and her victimised pianist Jeremy Limb, where she shares her views on world affairs, plastic surgery, bad cabaret and how to mix the perfect Cosmopolitan. This musical romp through social satire and politics is composed of original and risqué songs with brilliantly crafted pastiches on opera and jazz with roots in Weimar Cabaret.

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After a short, but critically acclaimed, debut run at last year's Edinburgh Festival Kiss & Tell Cabaret returns with a brand new show Cocktails With The Diva to the Assembly.

On entering the boudoir of Diva Melinda Hughes and victimized pianist Jeremy Limb, you will hear her views on world affairs; plastic surgery, bad cabaret, UKIP and she will show you how to blend the perfect cocktail. This musical romp through social satire and politics is composed of original risqué songs and brilliantly crafted pastiches on opera and jazz with its roots firmly planted in Weimar Cabaret.

In 2005 Melinda suffered a debilitating accident badly prolapsing a disc in her neck leaving her in excruciating pain and unable to work for a year. It was then she created Kiss & Tell Cabaret with her pianist and composer Jeremy Limb (already an established comedian and writer has performed with The Trap).

Melinda was born and brought up in London, the daughter of the late writer and film director Ken Hughes (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang & Cromwell). She deferred her entrance to read Italian and History of Art at Sussex University to study singing at The Maastricht Conservatory of Music, graduating with Honours. She then completed her postgraduate studies in Opera performance at the Royal College of Music.

She returned to Maastricht and toured Europe for three years as the soloist with The André Rieu Strauss Orchestra singing German Operetta, often appearing on Television and Radio. Her career has taken her to more than thirty countries. Operatic roles include Tosca, The Countess, Fiordilgi, Mimi, Violetta, Gilda, Frasquita, Konstanze, Donna Anna, Pamina Euridice, Nedda and Madame Butterfly. On the concert platform, Melinda has sung at The Auditorio Nacional Madrid, The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, St John's Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall.

After much physio and rehab Melinda slowly returned to her first love opera, yet her dedication to her cabaret provides her with an exciting and varied musical career and the ability to cross over well with ease of style and vocal sensitivity. This July Melinda will sing the title role of Aida in Verdi's Adia with Dorset Opera.

Kiss & Tell Cabaret have performed at many private events as well as at The Hay Festival and the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut in 2006 (where they dodged bullets being fired by Hezbollah in Parliament Square), They also supported the American Comedian Maz Jobrani at the Cadogan Hall and most recently performed at The Holders Festival in Barbados together with Kit Hesketh Harvey.

Performances

Date Time Venue
1st Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
2nd Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
3rd Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
4th Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
5th Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
6th Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
7th Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
8th Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
9th Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
10th Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
12th Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
13th Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
14th Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
15th Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
16th Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
17th Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
19th Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
20th Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
21st Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
22nd Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
23rd Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms
24th Aug 2014 22:15 Assembly Rooms

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