Crystal Bollix presents: The Bitch Ball

Cabaret and Variety (comedy, interactive)

Add to favourites
  • Paradise in The Vault - The Vault
  • 22:45
  • Aug 25
  • 35 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Ireland
  • Group: Haus of Bollix
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation, Nudity, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
Dates, Times and Prices


Ever been called a bitch? Want to escape reality? Or simply want to have a motherf*cking good time? Welcome to the Bitch Ball. Join drag artist Crystal Bollix (and their ever-suffering pianist) as they try to discover their bitch realness in a wildly entertaining fusion of lip-sync, dance, and a lot of audience interaction. Be a part of the drag show audiences are saying will have you smiling from ear to ear from start to finish.

Please note that while all media gallery content is provided by verified members of the event, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society does not review or approve this content before it is posted. Reports of inappropriate content or copyright infringement can be directed to [email protected].

General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: The audience enter the venue from Merchant Street, with the box office located on street level. 3 steps or a lift provide access to the upper foyer, with snack bar and toilets on this level. The space is located immediately off the upper foyer, with one row of seats on the same level. A shallow rake provides additional seating.
  • Wheelchair access type: Platform Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Lucy R 1 day ago

Crystal Bollix’s The Bitch Ball is a roaring, raucous 35 minutes of drag artistry, humour and exploration into what it means to really be, a Big Bitch.

I think what I loved about it most was that while it didn’t take itself too seriously, I actually learned something from it – the magnetic Crystal Bollix (Alex Christle) is here to educate us on bitches past and present, all through the wonderful form of drag.

The audience interaction is always playful, but never invasive – and I think there’s a great balance that’s been found there. Just be glad you aren’t the one sat in the rain mac. Ahem…

Special mention to Lena Stahl, the straight-faced musician, whose deadpan delivery and apparent disinterest in humouring Crystal were a delight to watch. It made the interaction between the two performers effortless.

If you’re looking for Irish drag cabaret, this is the one. A very fun, silly, brave show that had me in tears because I’m a big baby. Go and see this weekend!

Callum Dale 3 days ago

Whether your knowledge of drag as an art form is the latest rerun of Mrs Doubtfire on free-to-air television or you’ve extensively watched, studied and quoted every episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race (including All Stars), Crystal Bollix Presents: The Bitch Ball is a thoroughly engaging, thoughtful and entertaining piece of cabaret. The piece is highly effective in its dissection of the term “bitch” while staying true to the drag cabaret art form with pumping music, engaging banter, and messy, naughty, not-quite-humiliating audience participation. The duality of personas presented through the confident bitch-realness host Crystal Bollix and vulnerably ashamed performer Alexandra Christle is the beauty of the piece that ultimately makes it shine as one of the most daring and moving cabarets at the festival. Christle’s ability to bare her soul moments before and after strutting the space as Bollix is extremely powerful and is seemingly effortlessly carried through her strength as an actor, singer and performer. Special mention must be made to the utterly professional dead-pan musician who grounds the show surrounded by Bollix’s mania. Turn your thinking caps on and gender norms off and go see this show.

Joe Janes 5 days ago

This show has many important things to say about gender and identity. It is also fast-paced and laugh-one's-ass-off funny! See it! Now! The deadpan musician grounds the show as Crystal Bollix flies through a frenzy of hysterical and some poignant lessons about being a real bitch. If there is a cult forming to follow Crystal Bollix, sign me up and take my money!

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.

There are no professional reviews for this show.

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.

Please login to add a review

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.

Dates, Times and Prices