From 20s Weimar Cabaret of gay and feminist liberation A Berlin Kabaret transports us across the Atlantic to the damning propaganda of McCarthy’s America. The show includes powerful songs and chilling documentary testimony, set against a backdrop of the burning streets of Berlin, which reflect personal and political dilemmas that feel as sharply relevant now as they did when they were first written.
Our Spring tour of A Berlin Kabaret is now sadly over, although we finished with a bang at Brighton Fringe with three sell-out performances and some rave reviews!:
“It’s a passionate tour de force from the impressive quartet of performers who hold the audience spellbound throughout with their superb voices and powerful characterisation. “ Pick of the Day, Brighton on the Inside
“Sphinx Theatre brought a different class to the fringe this year. ” The Latest, 5 Stars
“On one level, A Berlin Kabaret! is an audacious attempt to unpack historical moments through the music of the time, though that’s not all it is. Far from being an academic undertaking, the show is more a medley of funny and thought-provoking tunes from some of the century’s best songwriters.” The Brighton Source
A Berlin Kabaret composer and arranger Joseph Atkins, and performer Sarah Gabriel, are currently performing across the country with professor Tom Kuhn and Poet David Constantine in a celebration of their publication of newly translated poems of Bertolt Brecht. Following the book launch at Kings Place, London as part of Jewish Book Week in March, Tom and David will be appearing at Transformations: Newcastle Poetry Festival on the 2nd June, and Ledbury Poetry Festival on the 20th July.
After two highly successful Women Centre Stage festivals, Sphinx Theatre presented the WOMEN CENTRE STAGE SYMPOSIUM: ARE WE AT THE TIPPING POINT? An afternoon event held at Hampstead Theatre, which brought together leading women across the theatre industry for a crucial and timely discussion on gender equality.
Hosted by Rosemary Squire DBE, the afternoon began with a rousing Keynote speech by Jude Kelly OBE speaking from her experience with the global success of Women of the World festival. Following the Keynote there was two panel discussions and a Q&A session with the audience.
The event offered an incredible line up of panellists including Watford Palace Theatre’s Artistic Director Brigid Larmour, GRAEAE’s Artistic Director Jenny Sealey, Sphinx Theatre’s Artistic Director Sue Parrish, Toni Racklin, Head of Theatre and Dance for the Barbican, Director Rebecca Frecknall, academic Jennifer Tuckett, actor Cherrelle Skeete and playwrights April de Angelis, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Winsome Pinnock and Timberlake Wertenbaker.
Women Centre Stage Symposium was sponsored by Nick Hern Books and supported by Arts Council England and Hampstead Theatre. Our Media Partner for the event was The Stage. Other partners include: Stage Directors UK, Equity, Era 50:50, University Women in the Arts and The Writers’ Guild. The Women Centre Stage Symposium launches the development of a new regional programme called Women Centre Stage 3 which will be produced by Sphinx Theatre, working with theatres across the UK to make more and better roles for women.