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Marcia D'Arc


Venue:The Phoenix, 46-48A Broughton Street Edinburgh EH1 3SA
Phone: 0131 557 6944
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Phoenix Below
AUG 2-8 at 22:15 (60 min)
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Brace yourself for titters and giggles, as drag-queen Marcia D’Arc brings her ‘Songs of Smut and Sparkle’ to the Edinburgh Free Fringe, performing her own smutty parodies of popular songs at her furry pink piano.

Come with Marcia on a journey of light-hearted profanity, including parodies of Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5’, ‘Part of your world’ from The Little Mermaid, ‘Let it Go’ (re-titled ‘Snort Some Blow’) from Frozen, and many more nuggets of naughtiness.

Marcia D’Arc is an all-singing, all-piano-playing drag-artist, with a penchant for writing filthy rhymes, and a fashion aesthetic inspired by My Little Pony, Barbie and something shiny she just saw (ooo – what’s that?). A garish explosion of pink, purple, glitter, sparkles and sequins, Marcia’s wardrobe also features some rather fetching rainbow garments crocheted by her mother.

Michael Twaits, drag teacher and cabaret performer:
“Usually I’d say that less is more in terms of accessorizing. You’ve done the opposite, but it works! Very impressed by your singing and playing the piano at the same time, too!”

Drawing from an ever-gushing inner-font of crude references to body parts and their manifold functions, the show features self-penned comedy parodies of well-known tunes from pop and musical theatre, peppered with character monologues and audience banter.

An up-and-coming drag-performer from Bristol, Marcia has written and performed several feature-length ‘one-woman’ shows over the last few years, including ‘A Spring Dragtacula (this is nothing to do with Dracula)’ and ‘A Very Smutty Christmas’. She has also taken her act to Pride festivals across the UK, as well as performing her Liza Minnelli tribute: ‘Liza on Crutches’.

“Marcia, a star in the making... I don't remember laughing sooooo much!” - a satisfied customer

Inspired by comedians such as Victoria Wood and French and Saunders, as well as drag queens such as Dame Edna Everage, Marcia’s humour is seldom cruel, and often off-the-wall. Her love of singing, playing the piano and comedy, come together in an act which is warm-hearted and satisfyingly silly. One of her mottos is ‘You’ve got to be crude to be kind’, always aiming to titillate rather than to shock.

A studious wordsmith and a cunning linguist, Marcia’s comedy writing is always looking for just the right rhyme or alliteration to lend an air of sophistication to her bawdy subject matter. As a studied singer and piano-player, Marcia loves to belt out a tune, taking inspiration from pop icons such as Kate Bush and Björk, as well as musical theatre icons such as Bernadette Peters.

Like a fairy shouting obscenities from the top of a Christmas tree; disarmingly innocent, yet saucily subversive, Marcia’s comedy is at once juvenile and shrewd, but most of all aims to be friendly, inclusive and fun!

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