Brighton Fringe

“A 24-carat performance!” Billie Gold wows with Brighton Fringe show, ‘Praise Kink’

Graham Robson May 21, 2024

Brighton-based cabaret star Billie Gold produces a 24-carat performance that storms through her turbulent life in her one-person Brighton Fringe show Praise Kink.

On a stage moodily lit by bright red lights, she belts out the song Beggin’ and we know we’re in for a storming hour of truth, honesty, raunchiness and fun. Billie doesn’t disappoint.

It’s kind of the story of how a potential Barbie girl grew up and found her true self, a cabaret career  and the love of another woman.

But along the way we get an insight into Billie’s true past – as stripper, consensual dominatrix and the prisoner in an unhappy relationship with a boyfriend who totally controlled her existence.

It’s a story that’s hard to listen to but Billie peppers the narrative with jokes, innuendo and raunchy songs that lift us out of any possible gloom.

Tom Lehrer’s Masochism Tango was a no-brainer choice and she leans on its wickedly explicit lyrics with obvious joy.

But for me the stand-out two songs are Dreamgirl Evil, which she delivers with ferocious energy and self-assertion. And she ends the show with I Would Do Anything For Love, which here becomes an anthem of personal triumph.

If you get a chance to catch the show whenever its next outing is, then go – it’s pure cabaret gold.

Praise Kink was at the Ironworks studios.