As spooky seasonal highlights go, the White Mischief Halloween balls are very hard to beat. Held again at The Scala, the vintage-themed party has for a number of years taken over every inch of the building with an impressive bill of onstage cabaret,  as well as other interactive acts scattered across the floors and stairwells. As with all White Mischief events, the guests’ outfits are usually worth the price of entry alone: many homemade costumes take the night’s steampunk ethos to heart.

Break out the warpaint: the costumes and outfits are always a highlight at White Mischief events.

Break out the warpaint: the costumes and outfits are always a highlight at White Mischief events

The entertainment this year is again superb. Host Dusty Limits will introduce a superb cast of performers. Names announced so far include gentleman juggler Mat Ricardo, mime artist Johann Lippowitz, hoopster Emily Rose and burlesquers Cherry and Ruby. Fast-rising pair The Roustabouts are once again on DJ duty, with bands Jarmean? and Oompah Brass to keep the joint rocking between acts. Guests searching for quieter ways to pass the time can enjoy storytelling from Dreamfired and a magic lantern show from Simon Heard.


Want to bag a pair of standard tickets to the ball? There are three ways to do it:

● Follow @ThisIsCabaret on Twitter and re-tweet our post about the competition

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Choose one of the above. The competition’s deadline is 2 PM on Monday, October 8th. This Is Cabaret will choose one winner by lucky draw and announce it at 6 PM of the same day. All winners are contacted by e-mail with details on how to redeem their prize. By submitting an entry to this competition you confirm that you are at least 18 years old and have read and accept This Is Cabaret’s Terms and Conditions.


Want a taste of the evening’s tunes? See ukelele-led steampunk band Jarmean? in Bad Penny, directed by Alex Sufit (AKA Lexitricity). The award-winning video features ArtWank producer and This Is Cabaret columnist Ophelia Bitz in strident bawdy wench mode.


White Mischief: Phantasmagoria Hallowe’en Ball takes place at The Scala on Saturday, October 27th. See for tickets, further dates and other details.


Photo credits: Gui O’Connor (above image) and Lisa Thomson (cover image)