Tired of the same old Christmas parties? Tucking into what is already your fourth turkey dinner of December, and the prospect of another obscure Secret Santa gift from someone you’ve never even spoken to? Well, you know, it doesn’t have to be like this.
At Southbank Centre we’re gearing up for the holidays with a very different set of crackers, by hosting a trio of special cabaret shows. And what’s more, they’re completely free. Ditch your colleagues (well, except the ones you like), round up your friends and come and spend winter with some great entertainers.
Feeling fierce, feminist and festive? Cabaret trio Glittery Clittery - Victoria Falconer, Tessa Waters and Rowena Hutson - take over the foyer space of our Queen Elizabeth Hall with their furiously funny show, featuring song, dance and a hell of a lot of sequins.
Comedian Mawaan Rizwan returns to Southbank Centre on Saturday 22 December, and he’s brought some friends along too, with a line-up that includes X Factor drag sensation Gingzilla, Comedy Central’s Jayde Adams and the heartwarming and hilarious Diane Chorley. Here’s Mawaan himself to tell you more.
Mawaan, can you describe your show in five words?
Irreverent. Bonkers. Joyous. Confetti. Lamp.
Lamp? ...OK. Who would you say your 'Winter with' show is for?
Anyone who’s up for an entertaining night of music and comedy and fancies something different this festive season.
Well that sounds like us, so why should we come?
The line-up includes some of the circuit’s favourite comedy and cabaret acts. It’s the only place to see such an impressive pedigree of talent - for free! I also do a song and dance dressed as a lamp and it can only be described as 'high art'.
The self-declared siren from North Yorkshire and undoubted star of Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, Myra Dubois, joins us for a sparkling late Friday night filled with sing-alongs, anecdotes and more. Dubois promises that her sultry tones will be accompanied by a special guest pianist, but who could it be?
If you’ve finally had all the pigs in blankets you can take, then you can escape to us between Christmas and New Year for a special day-long event with London’s best drag kings and queens and cabaret acts on Saturday 29 December. Among those joining us at Southbank Centre for the day are The Cocoa Butter Club…
Can you sum up The Cocoa Butter Club in five words?
A mesmerising showcase of POC talent
Great - and we’ll let you off the ‘A’ - so who is your performance for?
The work we’re bringing to Southbank Centre is aimed at 5-12 year olds, but it is open to anyone who wants to explore Drag in a creative and interactive way.
OK, hit us with the big pitch, why should we come and see it?
We’re a company that celebrates and showcases bodies of colour within performance. We want to normalise bodies of colour and a great way to start is with young people. This activity day will be full of dancing, celebrating, dressing up and getting to know Queer performers of Colour and the art of Drag. We will create a mini community for the day, where everyone is free to be themselves no matter how silly it feels.
Get your pre-Christmas weekends up and running early by joining us for free music from up-and-coming DJs in our Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer space on Thursday nights; the perfect social space right by the river.