A new show. A new venue. A new UK invasion, by the international impresarios behind the Slipper Room in New York City and Chinatown in Shanghai. It’s impossible not to build up high expectations for When Worlds Collide, the newest revue to hit London’s East End.


Norman Gosney and Miss Amelia Kallman at pioneering club Chinatown

Produced by Norman Gosney and Miss Amelia Kallman in partnership with Benjamin Louche and Miss Rose Thorne (The Double R Club), When Worlds Collide promises shows styled as a confrontation of two extremes. Its debut will see performers grouped under “low brow” and “high brow”, with co-hosts Gosney and Louche championing each camp before the public’s discerning gaze. Subsequent engagements will see different extremes battling it out onstage.


Le Gateau Chocolat will headline the debut of When Worlds Collide

The joint production boasts not only an innovative premise, but a purpose-built new venue. “We are completely transforming the space above the Vibe Bar on Brick Lane,” says producer and compère Norman Gosney, who dubs the new space a “pleasure pavilion”. “Unlike most other venues, we will be performing on a real stage: proscenium, curtains, thrust and box stage, and yes, a fuckin’ spotlight!”

The inaugural bill features drag opera diva Le Gateau Chocolat, performance artist Paul Bassett Davies and comic magician Johnny Electrolux, as well as burlesque by Luna Rosa and Venetia Jane. Other highlights in the show’s distinctive format include ensemble sketches and chorus numbers.

After moving to Shanghai in 2007, Gosney and Kallman opened Chinatown, the first burlesque club in Asia. The pair has also collaborated on a pioneering tour through Hong Kong, Borneo and Malaysia – the first of its kind in a Muslim country. When Worlds Collide brings them together with another debauched couple, whose twisted minds have taken an offbeat monthly night from indie gem status to award-winning renown and festival dates.


Benjamin Louche and Miss Rose Thorne created a niche for edgy performance with The Double R Club

Few shows can claim such a distinguished track record. When worlds like these two collide, the result tends to be of the kind you can’t stop looking at.


Ready to take sides in a daring display of dichotomic derangement? Don’t miss the debut of When Worlds Collide on Thursday, May 10th, at the Vibe Bar (E1 6QL). Doors 20:00, show 21:00. £10. Advance tickets available from www.whenworldscollidecabaret.com.


Photo credits: Sin Bozkurt (The Double R Club), others courtesy of the producers