Tomorrow, someone will walk away with the This Is Cabaret Best Newcomer award.

Tomorrow, someone will walk away with the This Is Cabaret Best Newcomer award.

The Mimetic Festival currently going on under Waterloo station may be the last of this year’s festivals but it is certainly not the least.

Over two weeks, the Vaults have been the host to over 20 different cabaret shows. Burlesque, drag, clowning, magic, songbook and musical comedy have all featured.

Some of them have defied definition. How does one categorise the festival’s first show, A Load Of Crepe? This exquisite experience saw live music and silent film being played on the bare walls while the Late Night Shop crew made pancakes for their audience. Or Marcus Reeves’ Behind The Mask, a song and chat show in which over several evenings he spoke to the likes of The Double R Club’s Benjamin Louche, Rubyyy Jones and Champagne Charlie?

This Is Cabaret’s Editor-In-Chief Franco Milazzo and ex-London Cabaret Awards judge Klare Wilkinson have been running the rule over all the cabaret shows and tomorrow will present two prizes, the first festival awards for cabaret since Edinburgh Fringe 2013.

The first will go to the Best Cabaret Production based on those seen over the course of the festival. Competition for that one is going to be fiercer than an angry drag queen. For the first time, a separate prize will be given to the finest fresh talent. Called the This Is Cabaret Best Newcomer Award, it will recognise one of those ridiculously entertaining upstarts who are keeping the scene as vibrant as it is. All acts that have been performing for less than two years are eligible.

Winners of both awards will be announced soon after tomorrow’s announcement and we will have exclusive interviews with both soon.

The Mimetic Festival continues tonight with Lady Carol at 830pm followed by Nancy Clench 10pm.