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Breaking 30: Halloween Cabaret – Review

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Breaking 30 / Worlds End Studios

A surprise on arrival: the venue was a covered courtyard with heat-lamps – and all the better for it. In fact, the perfect way to spend an otherwise dreary autumnal London evening. There was quite a crowd gathering and a real buzz to proceedings. It was truly heartening to see such a level of support for this fundraiser, under the clearly imaginative direction of Sophie Moniram.

‘With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm’ made for a rousing chorus taking full vantage of prime performance space, faces underlit by torchlight. Coupled with the artful lighting of Justin Williams, the place afforded ameniable acoustics for consistently consumate performances. Pretty soon though, things were thrown into crisis: that of a rotund seasonal vegetable, in a not-quite-so-Juliet-ish balcony scene. No pumpkin had more stage presence or was more dramatically expressive, in this endearing ugly-duckling yarn.

Tanja Mariadoss

Being carved-up every October 31 presents a conflict of emotions.

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Category: Comedy
Amy Neilson Smith
Amy Neilson Smith

Poetry Café: Playerist Comedy Night – Review

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I was thrilled to present the Comedy Night for Playerist Literary Magazine at the Poetry Society in Covent Garden. Needing to ensure spot-on timing felt a little like operating a conveyor-belt. But what a conveyor-belt. It’s rare to be privy to such a collection of talent, and so pleasing to see a full-house at this venerated venue. The Poetry Café is smartly situated, central but hidden, in the heart of the city. This year saw Jillian Miller come aboard as the magazine’s patron, and she kicked-off proceedings with much appreciated verse by John Cooper Clarke. Drawing on two decades of public speaking, as CEO of an international charity, Jillian sparkled and lit the touchpaper. Next up was Brighton poetess (self-termed) Amy Neilson Smith who recited her naughty-but-nice rhymes. This girl has gumption and little wonder she’s in such demand, as fellow of the iPoets collective that last summer performed at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Category: Comedy
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Poetry Café: Playerist Comedy Night – October 17

Playerist’ is an annual literary magazine featuring a range of emergent and established writers and artists. It’s now reached its third launch event – Thursday October 17, 8pm – at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden’s Betterton Street. No ‘Better’ route to an early weekend! Apologies, the jokes will be better than this and the Basement is a delightful spot to relax; one of those hidden treasures of the city. As always the quality of work is astounding. London playwright Tanja Mariadoss will perform her wincing-ly observant story ‘The Very Tired Man on the Train’ and any male commuter will wonder if it’s about him. If you can pick yourself up off the floor, comedy actor Imogen Miller Porter’s well-sharpened wordage will blow the gaffe on another typically-English pastime.

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Category: Comedy