Those who like to do more with their hands than clapping may want to check out the Crafternoon Cabaret Club. Next week, it celebrates its first anniversary with an event at the Hospital Club.
The Club has been steadily building up momentum since it began and it is easy to see why. As well as creating some vintage-inspired pieces over a glass of vino, guests can take in some fine examples of modern variety like twisted mash-up duo Pistol & Jack, piano/vocal duo the Throwbacks or the Jacques Brel interpreter Peter Straker.
Here at This Is Cabaret we love the hell out of any event which incorporates variety acts in smart and interesting ways. We call this kind of thing “adapted cabaret” and we see it as an important part of the variety scene’s future. With that in mind, we despatched writer and singer Sara Cluderay to review one of the first Crafternoon Cabaret Club last year; she returned with Peter Pan-style collars made from felt, lace and sequins and described the event as “a girly afternoon for the Cath Kidston generation, with a sophisticated cabaret twist“.
Back then, the Club was held in the sunny upstairs room of The Library pub in Islington but it has since moved on to Covent Garden’s Hospital Club. On 26 April, the Crafternoon Cabaret Club will be there celebrating its first anniversary. Pop along and who knows what you might come out with?
More information on the Crafternoon Cabaret Club can be found on the official website.