Review: EastEnd Cabaret’s Third Birthday

Review: EastEnd Cabaret’s Third Birthday

An event announced as “the most salacious third birthday in history” was bound to turn more than a few heads, though thankfully none from Ofsted. EastEnd Cabaret’s anniversary special honoured their tradition of indecorous musical comedy with an unusual setlist,...
Review: Kathakali Kabaret

Review: Kathakali Kabaret

Fairy tales are good for nothing but post-modern appropriation these days, it seems. Kathakali Kabaret, the latest show by comic crooner Aletia Upstairs, re-imagines the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs through a syncretic combination of Anne Sexton’s poem,...
The Earliest Follies of Chaz Royal

The Earliest Follies of Chaz Royal

How did a Canadian kid move from organising punk rock gigs and skateboarding demonstrations to an international career in burlesque shows? C.J. Lazaretti looks back at the American tour that marked the beginning of Chaz Royal. Bump-and-grinding has been a bumpy road...
Review: Alp Haydar’s Sharia Law

Review: Alp Haydar’s Sharia Law

The next time you consider family therapy, say a prayer for Alp Haydar. Not even time travel can help him patch up things with Sharia Law, his Muslim extremist mother and star of the eponymous one-man show. Playing over a dozen characters in a clever mélange of video...
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