Suburbaret: how to get on in suburban society…
Suburbaret is Balham’s edgy new cabaret show themed entirely on suburbia. The variety format blends traditional and alternative cabaret performance, designed to appeal to locals and commuters who enjoy live entertainment without the late night journey home (unusually, the audience are encouraged to dress down for the occasion, not dress up). Prizes are awarded for the most comfortable suburban outfits, such as pyjamas, woolly jumpers and house socks. The host is surreal bearded drag lady Ms Timberlina who will involve the audience, as she tries to plan the perfect suburban dinner party… Shades of Betjeman’s ‘Phone for the fish knives, Norman/As cook is a little unnerved;’?
The line-up for Sunday May 10th features Lorraine Bowen, legendary suburban songwriter and performer. Lorraine mixes fashion with a passion for polyester – think Madonna meets Mary Poppins.Tricity Vogue, named after a domestic refrigerator, sings songs inspired by ‘swingers’, park life and domestic life in the suburbs. Male burlesque performer Dave the Bear will surprise the audience with his sexy new ‘pet rabbit’ routine – furry and fabulous.
The proceedings are held at the Bedford, the iconic music and comedy venue in Balham. The May 10thshow is part of the Wandsworth Fringe Festival 2015.
Tickets are £7 from the website www.suburbaret.co.uk (showing the full line-up) or £8 on the door. Doors 17.30, show 18.30 until a sensible suburban hour (leaving plenty of time for those Sunday night chores).