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Venue:The Place, 34-38 York Place Edinburgh EH1 3HU
Phone: 0131 556 7575
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Ticket Prices: Free  
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AUG 15-26 at 22:30 (60 min)
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'How to Be a Bad Girl' chronicles this former classical pianist's delightful descent into the world of smut, booze and burlesque. Based on Chap's signature tune, which has become a stalwart in the burgeoning neo-burlesque scene, it describes her descent from being a 'good girl' into the delightful depths of freakdom and sexual liberation. Combining ragtime, filth and whiskey - this is an evening of revelry and abandon that you can't miss!

A talented pianist who discovered her razor-sharp wit on the burlesque stage, Chap never set out to sing dirty songs. But when her first record, 'Oompa!' was released, the title track became a sort of anthem for the neo-burlesque scene, with performers stripping to her music across the States, Europe and the UK. Soon, Chap was being booked nationally, singing dirty songs alongside world famous burlesque acts. Here, she learned that she had to be just as entertaining as a bouncing nipple tassel, while using just her wit and her words.

Luckily, her sardonic, satirical lyrics were able to command the stages. Critics started taking note of this neo-vaudevillian chanteuse: “Imagine, if you can, Judy Garland singing the songs of Tom Lehrer as arranged by Dr. John, and you will have an approximation – not perfect but close – of the Sabrina Chap experience.” (American Songwriter Magazine) Somehow, she had tapped into this pulsing neo-vaudevillian scene, with the Advocate stating that her music “…channels the raw energy of ragtime and an old-school musical, with lyrics that evoke a contemporary Cole Porter.’

Comfortably nestled into her new home as a burlesque singer, Chap soon began working with circus artists, most notably with one of the oldest modern day independent circuses in the States, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Soon, she found herself performing alongside (and often at times accompanying) sword swallowers, aerialists, jugglers and other performers of pain. Soon, she was hitting major stages with them, including the Virgin Music Festival, Speigeltent, and the National Mall in Washington DC for the Smithsonian.

Bolstered by the freakishness of her new-found cirkus family, Chap began touring internationally - hitting Paris, Berlin, Reykjavík and doing 6 UK tours. She's hit such noted venues as The Lowry (Manchester), Café de Paris (London) and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (London). As one UK audience member called her, she's 'A dash of Tim Minchin, a dash of Adele, and something I've never tasted before.'

'How to Be a Bad Girl' is this talented performers first official one woman show. Here, Chap reveals the hilarity, desires and personal pains that accompanied her on this surprising voyage from classical pianist good girl to just a slut on a piano.

Come join this wildly talented and absurd performer for an evening of revelry, hilarity, and testimony to the power of live entertainment.

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"The admirable thing about vaudeville is that it really can’t be done half-heartedly. It’s a style that requires a lotta shoulder-shimmy and real fire in the belly. If you can’t channel that awesome power of entertainment, the spotlight will drift away quicker than the tip of a hat. A good thing, then, that Sabrina Chap has this ability by the barrel." 

"Though her descent into drunkenness showed the least amount of skin in the performance she managed to pour out the greatest amount of talent."
- New York Cool

"As a performer she is more like a stand-up comic who also happens to be a tremendously talented musician. In her stage show she draws you in, disarms you with humour, and then makes you sit up and listen to what she has to say. The result is intoxicating." (Polari Magazine - UK)

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July 5, 2018 Deadline News
PREVIEW: Clean cut piano teacher’s descent into smoky-voiced burlesque queen
BREATHY burlesque tunes and a backstory to die for suggest that Sabrina Chap’s cabaret show could well be one of the standout hits of the Free Festival in 2018.

The provocatively titled How To Be A Bad Girl is less an attempt to shock and more a tongue-in-cheek description of how a clean-cut, classical piano teacher and wannabe choir teacher ended up singing in burlesque clubs instead.

Chap, the Illinois-born daughter of Bulgarian immigrants, insists she was a “good girl” while growing up. However, then she released Oompa!, her first album of ragtime-infused cabaret tunes.

The album proved a hit on the burlesque scene with performers stripping to her tunes across the world. As her promotional material puts it she was soon “singing filthy songs alongside world-famous burlesque acts, circus luminaries and cabaret starlets. Here, she learned that she had to be just as entertaining as a bouncing nipple tassel.”

Against that sort of competition she not only sharpened her songwriting and singing skills (she is described as the “love-child of Tom Waits and a whisky-soaked angel”) but also developed a razor sharp wit and sadistic humour.

With original tunes, story-telling, and a finely-honed stage presence, How to Be a Bad Girl chronicles Sabrina’s delightful descent from classical pianist into the world of smut, booze and burlesque in her own words. Click Here

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