When your mother is Sylvia Young, founder of Britain’s most acclaimed stage school its inevitable that a bright future lies ahead of you. This has certainly been the case for Frances Ruffelle AKA Frankie Ruff who was cast in the original English speaking role of Eponine in Les Miserables and has since won a Tony award, worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber and performed in the West End and on Broadway
This Fringe, Frankie is bringing her own unique style of musical performance in her one woman show Beneath the Dress, to the Ghillie Dhu later this month . Performing alongside a live band, she describes the show as “a musical journey discovering the true Frankie Ruff.” By including a touch of burlesque in amongst the usual musical theatre standards, plus some new material, the show brings an edgy, quirky cabaret touch to the Fringe, which has often been dominated by numerous American high school musicals and comedy in the past.
It makes sense that a fresh take on the musical is being brought to one of Edinburgh’s newest entertainment venues which differs from some of the other establishments the city has to offer. In all, it promises to be an eventful evening featuring Ruffaele’s trademark sultry vocals. And it’s definitely worth a look if you want an alternative from the usual influx of jazz which descends on the city every August.