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The Marlborough Theatre Presents Cabaret Orlando

90 years of breaking the binary

Saturday 13 Oct 8:00PM
AT The Hay Barn, Charleston
Tickets: £7.50 – £9.50

Shuttle bus service from Brighton to Charleston leaves at 7pm

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Brighton’s queer culture innovators The Marlborough Pub & Theatre sojourn at Charleston for a one-night stand to mark the ninetieth birthday of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography. Revel in a rebellious performance art cabaret that breaks the gender binary, offering contemporary reflections and provocations inspired by the iconic text. Featuring work from some of the UK’s most talented performers including Nando Messias, Marisa Carnesky and KUCHENGA. Join us as we channel the queer ghosts of the Bloomsbury group and rock you into a transformational slumber.

The Marlborough Pub and Theatre in Brighton works year round with LGBTQ+ practitioners, with a particular focus on the T & Q, supporting and presenting extraordinary performance by pioneering artists. They specialise in the unusual, the unexpected and seek out work that has something to say about contemporary queer life.

Nando Messias‘ work straddles performance art, dance and theatre. His performances combine beautiful images with a fierce critique of gender, visibility and violence. He has performed at prestigious venues such as Hayward Gallery, V&A, Tate Tanks, Roundhouse, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Tate Britain and ICA, among other spaces across the UK. He has also worked extensively on the international circuit.

Marisa Carnesky is interested in the use of spectacle; fairground rides, magic illusions and grand ritual as a means of creating highly accessible provocative work, rooted in popular culture that promotes cultural and political discourses. She has performed around the world with her performance company Carnesky Productions.

KUCHENGA is a writer, an agitator an avid consumer of all culture high and low. She is a black transsexual feminist whose work sparkles with vivacity and originality. A member of the Bent Bars Collective she is nourished by the epistolary relationship she has with trans girls on the inside.

Travis Alabanza has emerged as one of the most prominent emerging queer performers, writers and theatre-makers. They have been artist in residence at the Tate; starred in Scottee’s theatre productions Putting Words In Your Mouth (Roundhouse) and Jubilee (Royal Exchange); and had their work featured in the Guardian, BBC, Huck Magazine and more.

The event will feature a DJ set from Brighton-based DJ Jumeau and a special Marlborough-themed bar offering cocktails and bar snacks, which will explore the social possibilities of Charleston’s new spaces.

There will a certain number of pay what you can tickets. Please call the box office or email festivals@charleston.org.uk for details.

Return bus tickets from Old Stein, Brighton are £6:

7pm – The bus will leave from the Old Steine bus stop (near to the Royal Pavilion)

The bus will not wait for anyone and will leave promptly. Please have your bus tickets ready to show, either printed or on a device.

10.30pm – The bus will leave from Charleston car park

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