Cheyne Productions presents
Margo: Half Woman Half Beast
The Assembly Rooms: 2nd – 18th August: 5.55pm
“What a Golden Age in 20th century Cabaret is celebrated in the artistry of Melinda Hughes” – Barry Humphries
Margo Lion, celebrated Weimar cabaret star and lover of Marlene Dietrich was gripped by the decadence and debauchery of 1920’s Berlin. Married to the leading lyricist of the day, Marcellus Schiffer, she performed at the famous music hall Shall und Rauch, but theirs was a tempestuous relationship, fuelled by alcohol, cocaine and jealousy.
Margo brings to life the famous cabaret songs of the day against a backdrop of highly charged sexual fever, political unrest and the rise of Fascism, while marking the fact that 2018 is the 100-year anniversary of the Weimar Republic being formed.
This story of Margo’s tragic relationships features iconic Weimar cabaret songs by Mischa Spoliansky, Friedrich Hollaender, Kurt Weill and Werner Heymann as well as newly written material by Melinda Hughes and Jeremy Limb.
Performed by Melinda Hughes and directed by Sarah Sigal.
About Melinda Hughes:
Melinda Hughes is a graduate from the Maastricht Conservatory of Music and the Royal College of Music. She attended The Brussels Opera Studio then toured Europe for three years as a soloist with the André Rieu Strauss Orchestra. Melinda then went on to sing more than thirty different main operatic roles. As a specialist in Weimar Cabaret, Melinda formed her satirical group Kiss & Tell with co-writer Jeremy Limb, performing at the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, the Hay Literary Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Cadogan Hall, Holders Festival in Barbados and the Metropolitan Room in New York to name but a few. Her CD Smoke and Noise received rave reviews and they have appeared on BBC Radio 3 many times as well as with Barry Humphries on BBC Radio 4 as part of a special programme about Weimar Cabaret.
Margo: Half Woman, Half Beast previews on 19th June 2018 at JW3 London
What the press have said about Melinda Hughes:
“So clever… every pun hit the mark.” ★★★★ The Times
“Deliciously wicked political and social satire.” ★★★★★ Musical Theatre Review
“Hughes writes and performs songs which are scandalous and timely” Vanity Fair
“A brilliant cabaret goddess and a satarist of high order.” NewYorkSocialDiary.com
Dates: 2 – 18 August 2018 (not 6th or 13th)
Show: Margo: Half Woman, Half Beast
Venue: The Assembly Rooms
Address: 54 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2LR
Price: Weekdays: £10 (£9), Weekends & 7th: £11 (£10)
Box office: www.assemblyroomsedinburgh.co.uk / 0131 220 4348