Your Guide to Cabaret and Drag at Underbelly Festival
7th Jul 2021
WE'VE GOT AN AMAZING PROGRAMME OF CABARET AND DRAG FOR YOU THIS SUMMER!
Presenting the world’s best acts that will take you on a journey from edge of your seat thrills to total hysterics and back again in a matter of moments - all from the heart of London, Underbelly Festival at Cavendish Square.
Bernie Dieter’s Berlin Underground brings gin-soaked debauchery and edge-of-your-seat thrills to the Spiegeltent in the heart of the West End this July and August. Über-award-winning kabarett superstar Bernie Dieter brings you her brand new cast of misfits for an unforgettable night of sexy circus, debauched drag and dangerously funny sideshow, soundtracked by her Weimar-punk jazz band. (July 28th - 29th August)
The Sickening 90's Drag Prom is a fierce, hilarious, interactive, one-of-a-kind night of entertainment. Taking you back to High School for the Prom you wish you'd had, this is the party that invites you to relive your school days as you join forces with your fellow revellers, compete against a rival school to win points, and be crowned the champions. Oh, and did we mention, the teachers are some of the best drag talent London has to offer?! (22nd July - 5th September)
This weekend we have Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho gracing the spiegeltent! Following four sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Iron Lady is back and more fabulous than ever. On the eve of the vote on Section 28, Maggie gets lost in Soho and accidentally becomes a cabaret superstar. Will she change her mind about the homophobic bill before it's too late…? (July 9th)
In August we're going to be joined by Séayoncé: Hell Bent! Prepare to enter the depths of the spirit world to see how far Séayoncé will go to get what’s needed. Hell-bent on finding truth, this clairvoyant will take you places you’ve never been. A night to give you absolute afterlife! It’s time to open your third eye... and your legs. Are you brave enough to let the devil come inside you? Séayoncé is... (12th Aug)
Can't get enough of Bernie? Well you're in luck. Back with her gin-soaked Haus band behind her, the Queen of Weimar punk kabarett brings you a solo show, Bernie Dieter in Konzert, serving you a riotous hour of music, soaring effortlessly from MGMT to Marlene Dietrich and her original songs straight from the salacious backrooms of Berlin. (26th Aug)
Next up, The Enby Show. An all-star variety night popping with creme-de-la-thems. Put on your best non-binary finery, and prepare to experience enby envy like never before. Joined by dancers, singers, lip-syncers, drag artists, burlesque artists, circus acts and much more in a gender-defying spectacle of binary-binning excellence. Gender? Never heard of it. (31st Aug)
In September, we're going BONKERS! Have you EVER seen a ginger banana dance? A swivel-eyed sword swallower sneeze? Or the greatest battle of bitchin’ burlesque? No? Don’t worry, neither have we and to be honest, we’re not sure what’s gonna happen - nor do the cast? This trippy, hypnotic, kooky, and strictly for adults show features the UK’s finest cabaret performers in ways you’ve never seen before. (9th Sept)
Kick off your roaring twenties right with the Electro Swing Project : A Modern Day Gatsby! Party with the band as the night unfolds with high flying circus acts, alluring dancers, sensational vocals and some serious unequivocal fun. A fusion of Electro Swing, Retro Throwbacks and Modern Day Pop! (15th - 16th Sept)
Next up, The Cocoa Butter Club presents The Queer Burlesque Revue! Presented by award-winning trailblazers ‘The Cocoa Butter Club’, this cabaret show is the freshest chapter in their story of decolonising and moisturising dry and dusty performance spaces. Expect a celebration, showcasing the spectrum of LGBTQIA+ en teasers’n’pleasers. It’s a tantalising TAKE-OVER, reminding us QUEER HAS ALWAYS BEEN HERE: bold, beautiful and best in full colour! (17 - 18th Sept)
And finally, Tales from the Bitten Peach. Presented by London's gender-diverse Pan-Asian cabaret collective, The Bitten Peach are cracking open an ancient text filled with epic stories of stereotype-smashing, Asian empowerment, and radical joy! In a world full of Asian hate, this show will be a night of pure Asian love. A night filled with drag, singing, burlesque, and Bollywood, featuring London’s top Asian cabaret performers! (21st - 22nd Sept)
What a summer we've got ahead of us. To view the full programme and find out more about the festival, visit: http://www.underbellyfestival.com/
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