Question Time Cabaret features hilarious and gut-wrenching variety performances from the UK’s hottest talents, plus a question time style panel with foremost journalists and activists. This FREE event will be held on Friday 11th August, at The Undercroft, Serpentine Green Shopping Centre, from 7.30pm.
The event is themed around climate justice and activism, so expect radical ideas, rallying-calls and inspiration from the panel. Question Time Cabaret subverts the existing structures where current issues are debated. It’s a platform for ‘ordinary’ people to tackle political topics in a safe and fun environment.
Talia Randall’s work spans theatre, poetry, cabaret and comedy. She says: “I want people to enjoy seeing madcap, heartfelt, insightful performances and debate at Question Time Cabaret. I want us to get in a room together, have a knees-up and chat through some of these big issues.”
The event line-up includes:
• Timberlina: Glamorous bearded wonder who sings songs of joyous eco-woe fused with alt-drag, blues and good old rock n roll.
• Bridget Minamore: Poet, journalist, pop culture lover and loud talker.
• Maya Goodfellow: Writer and researcher, her work focuses on UK politics, immigration, gender and ‘race’.
• The Stringlers: All female string quartet smashing out rock and pop covers.
• Pickers, Pluckers, Packers: Brand-new poetry from Peterborough’s wordsmiths.
• Suzanne Dhaliwal: Environmental Justice Activist, Artist & Co Founder of UK Tar Sands Network.
• Sybil and Phylis: Mischief from Peterborough’s surrealist cleaning ladies.
“We need humour, art and integrity in order to be able to deal with difficult thorny issues. Art should be a mirror that reflects society,” explains Talia. “Artists aren’t necessarily the ones to come up with the answers to our big problems, but we should reflect things that are happening and we should facilitate people engaging with these things.”
Question Time Cabaret is just one of the artist commissions that feature as part of Planet B, a two-week programme of arts projects, film screenings, exhibitions, performances, workshops, discussions, debates and dinners all exploring sustainability and the environment. The programme runs from 29th July to 12th August, at venues across Peterborough.
The programme has been arranged by the environmental charity PECT, working alongside arts organisation Metal and The Green Backyard, and with funding from Arts Council England.
For more details about Planet B, visit www.pect.org.uk/PlanetB and see the Facebook page @PlanetBPeterB. Booking for Question Time Cabaret is essential, claim your tickets today on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/question-time-cabaret-tickets-35507080634.
Photo by Mike Massaro.