There is so much respect and love to someone who declares they have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe for the past fourteen years. Seeing Camille O’Sullivan for the first time offers no inclination of being tired. Witnessing this tribute to Cave conveys the joy and passion for being on stage at the Pleasance Courtyard.
Described as a love letter to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, this is an elegant note. The underpinning emotion of the storyteller’s music is presented with respect whilst the performance is visceral. Camille O’Sullivan conveys perfectly the love and passion of performing fantastic music to an audience ready to absorb every second.
The performance pulls through the beauty of Nick Cave’s music. The poetry and the preaching alongside the rock band’s explosions of emotion is delicately unpicked. This is a journey through the band’s catalogue of music. From the opening, hymnal “God is in the House” through songs and words to the more spiritual “The Ship Song”. The investment from O’Sullivan and the band is all embracing. Resultantly the audience is left full of uplifting and fulfilling emotion.
Whilst the production may feel polished, with Joe Fletcher’s lighting design adding to the emotion through colour and movement, this is far from a routine performance. Camille O’Sullivan is feral, chaotic, controlled and passionate. With self-depreciating humour, there is everything which makes you believe that no night can possibly be the same. Boots thrown off, hair strewn- everything about conveying this love for the music of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is all-embracing.
What more can you ask for then that “we make a little history”.
Camille O’Sullivan sings Cave is at Pleasance Courtyard as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You can see the production at 21.15 until Sunday 25th August (excl. 12th and 19th).
Disclosure: This review is part of media accreditation for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe through the Network of Independent Critics. All views and opinions contained are my own.