Talks & debates


Hear from Adele Anderson, best known for being one third of the satirical musical cabaret group, Fascinating Aida, at Polari.

Widely celebrated for its original voice and vivid depictions of LGBTQ+ hearts and lives, Polari brings new and established writers to share the stage once more at the much-loved salon’s home at Southbank Centre.

Since Adele joined Fascinating Aida in 1984 she has co-written lyrics with Dillie Keane and performed the songs all over the world. She occasionally does solo cabaret shows. She has toured in some second-rate musicals but has also done excellent work on the fringe. Back in the day she had a cough and a spit in a couple of movies. She pops up occasionally in TV dramas, always playing a transwoman, roles for which she is eminently qualified.

She is a patron of Humanists UK and recently completed her training to be a humanist wedding celebrant. At this event, she shares part of her personal LGBT history in recognition of LGBT History Month.

The night will also feature readings by Hugo Greenhalgh, Katie Margaret Hall, Mark Johnson and Polari founder Paul Burston.

Now in its eleventh year, Polari has found a new zenith in delivering to a national LGBTQ+ audience, recognising queer experience across regional and often culturally isolated space earning commendation from both community and national media as well as the Arts Council of Great Britain.

Polari is curated and hosted by author and journalist Paul Burston, whose publications include the acclaimed The Black Path, published by Access Print Limited in 2016. Paul is currently working on new material in addition to developing the 2018 Polari National Tour.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Age recommendation
For ages 16+. Please note that Polari contains adult themes.