boti’s friday pick of the day: cabaret
We know what it’s like in May, there’s just so much good stuff to choose from that as you flick through the brochures or scroll down your screen, you’re quickly struck with overwhelm. To the point where you never get round to booking anything at all and it’s easier to just go for a pint at the local. Anything to avoid working out which one of the ka-trillion (*this figure may not be 100% accurate) events on offer – that didn’t already sell out weeks ago – you should go and see today.
But no! There’s another way! Every day this month we’ll be giving you one show we reckon you should get tickets for, so you can eliminate the brain ache and just get out and enjoy some great performances. We’ll be mixing it up, so our choices will include everything from music to circus, so over the course of the week you can sample a veritable smörgåsbord of culture. You’re welcome.
Here’s what we’ve got for you today:
Sphinx Theatre’s A Berlin Kabaret
Fancy an exhilarating rollercoaster ride of emotions through the 1920s and 1950s via the medium of song? Then step right up. The multi-talented Sphinx Theatre crew will take you back in time, first to the political turmoil of Weimar Berlin then on to McCarthyist America through a range of resurrected and wonderfully arranged anti-war songs from greats such as Irving Berlin, Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler that still hit the mark today.
It’s a passionate tour de force from the impressive quartet of performers who hold the audience spellbound throughout with their superb voices and powerful characterisation. Deftly switching between flamboyant and witty cabaret numbers, the fear and misery of the Third Reich, and rousing American propaganda parodies, each artist confidently embodies a wide range of diverse characters. They even managed to make us forget the hardness of the chairs (quite a feat in itself). Part history lesson, part resistance movement, completely mesmerising.
18th May – 20th May 2018, 9.45pm; £12
The Warren: The Blockhouse, St Peter’s Church, NorthYork Place, Brighton, BN1 4GU