How to be a Bad Girl

Performed by Sabrina Chap
Written by Sabrina Chap
Presented by Ert Records in association with Icarus Theatre Collective

New York's wittiest cabaret act - 'How to Be a Bad Girl' chronicles this former classical pianist's delightful descent into the world of smut, booze and burlesque.

The Cast

About

Queer daughter of Bulgarian immigrants brings the spirit of Burlesque to her cabaret act at the Free Fringe

On one such tour, Chap wow'd UK's Icarus Theatre Collective's Artistic Director, Max Lewendel, who in combination with Chap's record label, ERT Records, is proud to present her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut. With classical piano skills, the ballad lyrics of Tom Waits, the onstage antics of Phyllis Diller and the voice of a whiskey angel, 'How to be a Bad Girl' is a ragtime stompin' good time. 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 the piano.

The Cast

Neil McEwan

"If this is what comes from flying too close to the sun,

then long may they continue"

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The Cast:

Sabrina Chap

Queer daughter of Bulgarian immigrants brings the spirit of Burlesque to her cabaret act at the Free Fringe. This love-child of Tom Waits and a whisky-soaked angel has an intoxicating stage presence you can't miss!


Chap never set out to sing dirty songs. She grew up a 'good girl': a first generation, straight femme who set out to be a choir teacher. It should have been easy. But when her first record, 'Oompa!' was released, the title track became an international anthem for the neo-burlesque scene, with performers stripping to her title song across the US, UK and Europe.


Soon, Chap was 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, while using just her razor-sharp wit and her words.


Her songs got filthier and her queer politics, louder, inspiring her to write what has been called ‘the dirtiest song ever written’. Soon, she was hitting Paris, Berlin, Reykjavík and 6 UK tours, disgracing such noted venues as The Lowry (Manchester), Café de Paris (London), Speigeltent (NY) and the National Mall (Washington DC).


Neil McEwan

"If this is what comes from flying too close to the sun,

then long may they continue"

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Essence Brown

How to Be a Bad Girl was by far the best free show I’ve seen in Fringe. Sabrina Chap is charming, funny, and a very sexy singer. Her songs were hilarious and her attitude commanded the room. Ayiyi, her show is awesome, ayiyi her show’s great, ayiyi she let sing with her in this song, I hope I get to see her show again!!!

★★★★

Deadline News, Lucy Samso

Chap's cheeky, witty and bold personality shines through as she sings the stories of her own life, and sometimes others - all with wonderful vocal ability and tone that excites and engages the mixed crowd that packed in to the room to see her.

Steven Vivel

This show is absolutely hilarious, creative, and heartwarming. The sexual content is interesting and sincere. It's never gross for the sake of it, as some such shows get. Chap is not only hilarious, but a lovely singer and piano player. She even gets the audience to sing along, and you're happy to be included. The A-Z sex song is easily my favorite.

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Trial of Galileo

RemoteGoat

★★★★★
"Icarus Theatre fly into London on waxen wings, which, after this compelling production, show no sign of melting any time soon, A fine production, and a fantastic example of a writer and performer at the top of their game".

How to be a Bad Girl

Deadline News

★★★★
"Chap's cheeky, witty and bold personality shines through as she sings the stories of her own life, and sometimes others - all with wonderful vocal ability and tone that excites and engages the mixed crowd that packed in to the room to see her."
Lucy Samson

Macbeth

Carrick Biz

★★★★
"Five Stars alone are due to the designers of the simple set and the expressive mood-setting lighting and sound. You'll find out what a bane-moon looks like."
David Kerr

Hamlet

Review Sphere

[Their] adaptation truly had rebranded Hamlet for the Game of Thrones age. It was daring and experimental and often risky, but it worked and proved that it is indeed a living and ever fluid piece of literature"
Caroline Malcolm Boulton

Trial of Galileo

RemoteGoat

"Icarus Theatre fly into London on waxen wings, which, after this compelling production, show no sign of melting any time soon, A fine production, and a fantastic example of a writer and performer at the top of their game".

How to be a Bad Girl

Deadline News

"Chap's cheeky, witty and bold personality shines through as she sings the stories of her own life, and sometimes others - all with wonderful vocal ability and tone that excites and engages the mixed crowd that packed in to the room to see her." Lucy Samson

Macbeth

Carrick Biz

"Five Stars alone are due to the designers of the simple set and the expressive mood-setting lighting and sound. You'll find out what a bane-moon looks like." David Kerr

Hamlet

Review Sphere

Icarus Theatre Collective's adaptation truly had rebranded Hamlet for the Game of Thrones age. It was daring and experimental and often risky, but it worked and proved that it is indeed a living and ever fluid piece of literature." Caroline Malcolm Boulton

Many Roads to Paradise

Uk Theatre Web

★★★★★
"For many reason this play should be seen by everyone. Drama students and theatre-lovers alike will applaud fine acting by the strongest of casts, you would pay a lot of money in the West End for a class act like this"
Gene David Kirk

Journeys End

The Public Reviews

★★★★
"Journey’s End’ is very much an ensemble piece and it would be difficult and probably rather unfair to pick out one actor over another. Each and every performance is consummately delivered." Steve Burbridge

At the Mountains of Madness

Ija Pona

★★★★★
"We were treated to a show that was true to the H. P. Lovecraft original and made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I experienced frisson during last night."

Romeo & Juliet

British Theatre Guide

★★★★
Max Lewendel’s careful direction makes perfect sense of the tricky text, finding as much humour as possible in the early comic scenes. He keeps his actors on the move, each with purpose and justified intention.
Helen Brown

Many Roads to Paradise

Uk Theatre Web

★★★★★
"For many reason this play should be seen by everyone. Drama students and theatre-lovers alike will applaud fine acting by the strongest of casts, you would pay a lot of money in the West End for a class act like this"
Gene David Kirk

Journeys End

The Public Reviews

★★★★
"Journey’s End’ is very much an ensemble piece and it would be difficult and probably rather unfair to pick out one actor over another. Each and every performance is consummately delivered." Steve Burbridge

At the Mountains of Madness

Ija Pona

★★★★★
"We were treated to a show that was true to the H. P. Lovecraft original and made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I experienced frisson during last night."

Romeo & Juliet

British Theatre Guide

★★★★
Max Lewendel’s careful direction makes perfect sense of the tricky text, finding as much humour as possible in the early comic scenes. He keeps his actors on the move, each with purpose and justified intention.
Helen Brown