Paul L Martin
The 2014 Cabaret Convention will be held at The Proud Archivist Saturday October 11th. Looking like a packed and fun-filled occasion. Read about it here:
The Cabaret Convention will take place this year at The Proud Archivist, the fabulous combined gallery, bar, restaurant, cafe and events space in Haggerston on Saturday October 11th. This is a lovely venue – I performed there myself earlier this year for London Showoff.
I have to say this Convention looks truly festive, with all sorts going on.
There will be market stalls, debates, discussions, classes, workshops and networking all day through to a social evening cabaret.
Take a look at the website : http://www.paullmartin.com/cabaret_convention.htm
Here’s the highlights thus far:
• Live Podcast Panel Discussion – Rosie Kohl’s Vaudeville Broadcast streams live as Rosie Kohl herself poses pertinent questions to a cabaret panel par excellence
•Burlexercise Class – join in our pre-lunch fitness session and learn this new craze with Ooh La Lou and Ella Boo of The Folly Mixtures
• Cabaret Soup – film-maker extraordinaire John Bland of One Eyed Monster Films will be showing a selection of his wacky, wonderful movies featuring the cream of the cabaret world
• ‘Let’s Wrap’ with Dusty Limits – The Dark Prince of Cabaret is joined by Oliver Jack to wrap up the official day sessions and kick-off the drinking with a debate to end all debates
• The Convention Choir – Award-winning choir-master Birgitta Kenyon invites you to form a choir from scratch – in one hour!
• Evening Cabaret -Host Jamie Anderson and pianist Tom Carradine introduce – YOU! All delegates welcome to take part in our variety cabaret.
• Market Stalls – nipple tassels (!), vintage sheet music, hosiery, services offered, costume jewellery and more.
I hope to be there, so be prepared to fight me for the vintage sheet music and sparkly jewellery –I have sharp elbows.
Tickets are £12 and can be bought on the website:
Put it in your diary.
About Fiona Jane Weston
I am Fiona-Jane Weston and as well as being a performer myself (see website), I write reviews of and features on shows, mainly on the London cabaret and theatre scene.
I have worked in theatre for many years, but decided to embark on a new direction in cabaret in 2009, when I produced 20th Century Woman: The Compact Cabaret. Not wanting to neglect my love of spoken word, particularly drama and verse, I made the conscious decision to include these elements in the programme, as well as wonderful songs, to tell the story of women's changing status and preoccupations throughout the 20th Century and up to now.
I was invited to audition for the renowned Cabaret Conference at Yale, run by the late legendary Erv Raible, and that was thrilled to be one of only 26 accepted that year, where I was taught by the masters of the genre. Amanda McBroom (composer of the Bette Middler hit "The Rose" and the poignant "Errol Flynn"), Laurel Massé, original member of Manhattan Transfer, Sally Mayes, Tony Award nominees Sharon McNight and Tovah Feldshuh, and New York cabaret veteran Julie Wilson were all on the faculty. We were also treated to the musical direction of Alex Rybeck, Hubert Tex Arnold and the now late Paul Trueblood.
With the benefit of their insightful teaching and great encouragement, I took my show to The Duplex in New York, where I was delighted with the response.
Since then, I have produced Loving London: The Capital Cabaret, using the same format of songs, poetry and drama, in various London venues, including Leicester Square Theatre and The Crazy Coqs.
2014, the centenary of World War 1, saw the launch of Wartime Women: the Khaki Cabaret to a sellout house at St. James Theatre, London, garnering great notices, including from The Times and Musical Theatre Review. I have since been touring the show to Belgium and throughout the UK.
I hope these reviews and interviews entertain and educate at the same time, and if please do leave comments in the box. It's great to engage in a conversation about the Arts.