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Roulston & Young | View Performers Biography


Venue:The Free Sisters, 139 Cowgate Edinburgh EH1 1JS
Phone: 0131 622 6802
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Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Maggie's Chamber
AUG 4-14, 16-21, 23-28 at 15:15 (60 min)
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Smart, funny, original songs from Michael Roulston and Sarah-Louise Young, creators of Cabaret Whore, Julie Madly Deeply and Songs For Cynics.

Described as a 'Flanders and Swann for the 21st century' (THE STAGE) they have headlined around the world, including Crazy Coqs in London and the prestigious Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Their 'assured song-writing and deft characterisation' (TIME OUT, Critic's Choice) won them Best Musical Variety Act in the London Cabaret Awards and they have written with Fascinating Aida and appeared on BBC Radio.

They perform regularly on the London cabaret scene including sell-out runs at the St James Theatre, Crazy Coqs and the Wonderground Spiegeltent on the South Bank.

'These two are at the top of their game. See them if you can, in any show they offer. They are simply London's comedic musical cabaret at its best' CABARET SCENES

'The charismatic grace, jovial beat and glittering splendour with which the pair deal with the small and the mundane is heart-warming, comforting and immensely uplifting'. THE UP AND COMING

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January 27, 2016  Musical Theatre Review
'Excellent witty writing'.
Michael Roulston and Sarah-Louise Young perform their show The Best Bits of Roulston and Young at the Crazy Coqs, London until 30 January.

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★

This extremely talented couple makes a triumphant return to the Crazy Coqs to celebrate their ten-year partnership of songwriting together. It’s an evening which includes both old and new original songs – a few serious ones woven amid a welter of wicked and outrageous numbers.

Roulston and Young been described as “a sort of 21st Century Flanders & Swann” but, as entertaining as those venerable gentlemen were, they never reached the heights (or should it depths) of raunchiness achieved by this pair.

The format of their act has them offering, in turn, their partner’s qualities and listing their “best bits”. Their banter allows for plenty of mock abuse with each “best bit” leading into appropriate songs – which sadly are never named.

Many compositions reflect personal issues. Perfect Match came about after repeated questioning from both sets of parents as to why they are not married to each other. Further intrusive questioning as to why she had not had any children so infuriated Young that she wrote ‘Please Don’t Hand Me Your Baby’. This number is typical of the way the pair mislead the audience. The wistfulness of the opening lyric suggests that the song is a lament for the unfulfilled maternal instinct. Oh no! It morphs hilariously into a wicked comic song.

Sung straight is the ballad ‘Over You’ which has clever variations of the word ‘over’. Looking back on her childhood days as a tomboy Young is most poignant as she sings of a child always on the edge of the crowd, looking on and believing that she is not like other girls.

Equally moving is ‘The Letter’ which is a list song of things to do as an abandoned wife procrastinates before posting off divorce papers.

But it is the comedy numbers that bring the house down. Talk of dating older men – silver foxes – leads to Young’s confession to a friend that she is dating his father, while the perils of heavy drinking, one-night stands and the morning after, are fully expounded in the riotous ‘The Walk of Shame’. ‘Get Out of My Face’ brings a touch of comic country and western. ‘Much Much Older’ is Young’s fantasy following an encounter on a train with a boy half her age.

Although it’s Young’s vocals that take centrestage, Roulston’s contribution must not be overlooked. Apart from his hand in writing the material, he provides excellent piano accompaniment as well as giving as good as he gets in response to Young’s verbal abuse. His solo ‘I Play Around’ is a delightfully funny song full of double entendres.

The excellent witty writing, the easy delivery of the patter and Young’s ability to switch vocals styles effortlessly all go to make a most entertaining evening of classic cabaret.

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May 15, 2014  Cabaret Scenes
'Comedic musical cabaret at its best'.

Michael Roulston and Sarah-Louise Young, London cabaret’s dynamic duo, dazzled yet again debuting new material in Two Faced as part of the London Festival of Cabaret at the St. James Studio. These two artists each have robust performance careers on their own. But together, they are magic. Their easy chemistry, clever music, witty lyrics, relentless charm and ability to entertain are sheer joy to behold.

They welcomed the audience with “Happy Here with You” and solidified that sentiment with song after song of deliciously pithy, often self-deprecating observations. Songs covered topics from Facebook to Narcissistic Personality Disorder to societal expectations on relationships. However, I’m unconvinced, even after what they describe as having passed the housemate living-room test, that two wrist-slitting ballads in a row was a good idea. I think the second song, “Over You,” got short shrift as a result, which is unfortunate because it deserved as much attention as “The Letter.” Of course, we were quickly back to the stalwart humorous offerings, such as the one-night-stand anthem “The Walk of Shame.” Darkness was banished with laughter.

After the intermission, one of Young’s carefully crafted characters took the stage: Bernie St. Clair (an aging American Broadway baby/lounge singer who resembles what one would imagine would be the love child of Liza Minnelli and Elaine Stritch). She educates us with “Diva of a Certain Age,” while offering the disturbing, yet sage, parenting perspective in “I Almost Don’t Regret Having You.” Roulston took his turn on “Disappointing Sandwich,” offering insight into the pitfalls of being on the road, highlighting the tragedy of the pre-made take-out.

A few more ditties from other shows were thrown in to round out the two-set evening. Interestingly, the new material stood out as having its own distinct personality (unselfconscious, at ease, mirthful) which was summed up quite nicely when Roulston & Young returned to the stage in bathrobes for the encore, “Comfy.”

These two are at the top of their game. See them if you can, in any show they offer. They are simply London’s comedic musical cabaret at its best. Click Here

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