Clown Cabaret

MANIPULATE Festival and Plutôt La Vie curate an evening of joyous fantasy from the wild and wonderful imaginations of some of Scotland’s finest physical performers.

A delectable drink is included in your ticket price and the bar will be open throughout the evening in the Summerhall Gallery Bar.

The cabaret line-up throughout the evening includes:

Make You Cry

Ruxandra Cantir

An onion brings you a mushy love poem.

“[one] of Scotland’s leading visual theatre makers,” Ruxandra Cantir is a Moldova-born, US-trained, Glasgow-based physical theatre maker, performer, and teacher. Ruxy holds an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International (California, USA), She devises and performs original work for all ages ranging from spectacle-based outdoor theatre to intimate indoor work using Contemporary Devising practices, Puppetry, Clown and Physical and Visual Theatre. Most recently, Cantir and collaborator Sarah Rose Graber toured “Two in a Barrel” – a clown-inspired, environmentally-minded visual theatre show for young audiences across Scotland with Puppet Animation Festival 2022 and the Touring Network. She and Graber are also the recipients of the 2021 APA/Eden Court/Capital Theatres Early Years Christmas Performance Commission which will see their show for kids aged 0-7 and their families “Unicorn Christmas Party” performed across 3 years in Scotland in different venues.

Crawling King Snake

Saul Smith and Kirstin Halliday

2016 NME nominee for ‘Voice of a Generation’, Saul Smith is BACK with a rendition of his favourite blues track.  With charisma to spare, he could charm the pants off even the stiffest of voyeurs. He proves he truly is The Crawling King Snake.  But what king is complete without his mate?

Saul Smith, frontman of award-winning pseudo indie group The Demoters, is now paving a strong solo career for himself, following the band’s 4th hiatus due to internal artistic differences. Saul is the drag persona of artist Playmobile, born from her undying love for the hyper-masc idols of her youth whose musical genii, intellect, poetry and of course, sexual prowess vibrantly powered her through adolescence. Playmobile becomes Saul to laugh in the face of the fictitious disenfranchisement of the female bodied from such potency, and to irreverently celebrate gender and sexuality for all it can and might be. 

Kirstin Halliday is a dance artist based in Glasgow. Their movement practice emerged from the convergence of their research in Human Geography, specifically embodied social geographies, and their lifelong enjoyment and interest in dance. Kirstin’s current interests include reptile embodiment, back-up dancing, postmodern movement scores and erotic performance.

Lucy McGreal

Currently Expecting

The fourth installment in the Date Night series of performances that focuses on the character of Ruby and her journey of dating … and beyond!

Lucy McGreal is a Clown, Performer, Theatre Maker, Therapeutic Clown and facilitator. She has worked with companies such as Tenterhooks, Hearts & Minds (Clowndoctor & Elderflower), Visible Fictions, Starcatchers, Stella Polaris (Norway), Teatr Brama (Poland) and most recently worked with Magdalena Schamberger on ‘In the light of Day’.
Lucy creates work that is accessible and focuses on clowning in non theatre settings, families with twins, triplets and higher order multiples and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

Isidora Bouziouri

The evening will be hosted by our spectacular mistress of ceremonies whose musical mischief will weave the evening with a bit of European panache. 

I am Ισιδώρα Μπουζιούρη and I am an Athenian; born in Athens, Greece and based in Edinburgh, Athens of the North. I am a Music & Theatre practitioner and a proud worker of the arts.

As a singer, I have  performed with function bands in several occasions around Greece and I have gigged as leading-vocalist of jazz/blues/folk groups in Greece and in the UK. As an actress and performer, I have performed in all kinds of prose theatre, Ancient Drama, dance & physical theatre, etc. I have composed, edited and curated music for theatre, I have created an award-winning devised-comedy and I have co-written, directed and performed a solo stand-up cabaret. I have been teaching vocal technique for speech and singing as well as acting for over 10 years.  I have coordinated/managed/produced for independent artistic groups and I have worked as audience/event/venue manager for events like the Edinburgh Fringe. Finally, I am part of the core team of Syn Festival Edinburgh a multi-arts, multi-cultural, voluntary, free festival supporting emerging artists.

True love’s kiss 

Lisette Boxman

One Princess’s search to find her destiny: True Love… and a perfect prince for her perfect happily ever after. Now pucker up.

Lisette Boxman is a Dutch physical theatre performer, with a cartoonesk style. Clown Scratch Cabaret has been part in several different acts that Lisette performs in cabarets in Scotland and the rest of the world.


Image Credit: The Weird Sisters by Tenterhooks. Photo: Rich Dyson Photography.