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  • Writer's pictureJenna Cockburn

REVIEW: Reuben Kaye - The Butch Is Back | Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023

"A badass showstopper, it's no wonder he is the Cabaret King!"

Back in town is the icon, the ever-mesmeric performer with his new show ‘The Butch is Back’.

Backed by a cracking live band, and internationally renowned for his captivating cabaret and comedic performances, Reuben Kaye in all his flamboyant glitz and glam glory, delivers a brilliantly ballsy bitchfest packed with beautiful vocals and superb stand-up comedy.

Sprinkled in amongst the filth and funny, Kaye shares his poignant personal truths and observations with an audience that gladly rides the Reuben rollercoaster with him.

Reuben Kaye: The Butch is Back is a badass showstopper, it’s no wonder he is the Cabaret King!




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