The Cabaret at the End of the World

Created by Roz Whiteley & PackPack Theatre

The Cabaret at the End of the World received an Arts Council England project grant to R&D in June 2021.  

About the Project

The Cabaret at the End of the World is a semi-scripted cabaret show, interspersing metadramatic narrative with cabaret performances, using pop music from the past century. The show imagines the last ever cabaret at the peak of the climate crisis and this R&D aimed to explore queer voices within the climate justice movement, working with artists to develop short cabaret acts that were synthesised into a final script.

We commissioned 6 queer performance artists to develop cabaret acts which were interwoven with a script written by playwright Eilis Price. We also ran a series of participatory workshops for LGBTQIA+ participants to explore climate emergency and queer performance practice. 

With thanks to the artists who took part in our R&D: Alejandro Postigo, Al Lander, Amandeep Kaur Johal, Amelia Cavallo, Carmella Brown, Leah Kirby and Marcus Crabb. 

Embedded Criticism 

We were also joined for some of our R&D by Oluwaseun Olayiwola as an embedded critic. Oluwaseun is a choreographer and poet based in London, and you can find out more information about him on his website. You can read his response to our R&D process here: Fifteen Improvisation at the End of the World

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About Us

The research and development was led by Roz Whiteley and Joseph Winer, produced by PackPack Theatre. Roz is an artist and researcher based in Reading working across live art, cabaret and theatre-making. Joseph is a theatre-maker and facilitator from Hertfordshire whose works centres around themes of community, legacy, and LGBTQIA+ narratives. 

 

More information about the artists and PackPack Theatre on their websites:

Roz Whiteley: www.rozwhiteley.com

Joseph Winer: www.josephwiner.co.uk

PackPack Theatre: www.packpacktheatre.co.uk

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Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England