Saturday, September 30

The Aretha Franklin Story – The Space @ Symposium Hall

Cleopatra Higgins of 90s girl group Cleopatra, is probably as much of a draw for this one as fans looking for the back story to Aretha Franklin. They both come together brilliantly in this short musical programme.

There is no doubting the quality of Higgins’ performance as she takes us through the hits of the undisputed Queen of Soul, with high energy versions of Think, Natural Women and Respect. Likewise, there is the brilliant Night Owl band behind her, pretty much note perfect.

Producing no less than 11 shows at Edinburgh Fringe this year, the Night Owl formula is fast becoming a Fringe staple. You can take your pick, with shows ranging from Fleetwood Mac to Amy Winehouse and Blondie, and many already sold out. Cleopatra is also on later in the day in The Whitney Houston Story.

The venue, with comfy (and clean!) leather seats set in a stunning little auditorium with a sound system to die is certainly one of the best, if not the best, Fringe music venues in Edinburgh. Top quality all the way.

Yes, it is a brief insight into the life of Aretha Franklin, it is a mere morsel, but a very tasty one. If you are a fan, don’t miss this one.

Reviewer: Greg Holstead

Reviewed: 12th August 2023

North West End UK Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.