Get ready for an evening of non-stop entertainment and quirky performances as To Bee Productions presents the Quirky Cabaret on Wednesday, May 10th, at the Fitzgerald in the Northern Quarter.
This one-of-a-kind variety show will feature the best and most unique artists from Manchester, showcasing their multi-talented abilities in singing, poetry, burlesque, and spoken word.
Hosted by the critically acclaimed cabaret artist, Jas Nisic, this event is a must-see for anyone looking to experience the vibrant and diverse cultural scene of Manchester.
We spoke to Jas about the event.
They said: “We love to support a variety of different events across Manchester including poetry and spoken word open mics, showcases of independent music artists, new writing nights and Burlesque shows.
“We aren’t shy to approach artists who have left an impression particularly those who are unapologetically themselves.
“We love performers who push the boundaries of their art forms and celebrate their background and culture through their work.
“We want to build our network of performers, and will be seeking artists for our future cabarets, so if you want to get involved get in touch”
To Bee Productions is a Queer-led production company that has been making waves in the Manchester and London arts scene with their sell-out events, including Sonata Piano and Cabaret Lounge and the VAULT Festival.
Their latest cabaret has been nominated for an OffFest award for Best Theatre at the 2022 Greater Manchester Fringe, and their previous shows have been lauded for their Mancunian charm, fantastic singing, and authentic stories by the North West End.
The Quirky Cabaret will showcase four working-class and Mancunian artists who have been making their mark in the local arts scene.
Selina Helliwell, an award-winning theatre maker, poet, and burlesque performer, Rebecca Phythian, the producer of the sell-out cabaret Ember and the Vixens, accomplished singer and poet who was awarded the Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship and had her poetry collection “A Perfect Mess” published with Bent Key Publishing, Natalie Ciufo, a mesmerising model, jazz singer, and burlesque performer sharing their charisma and humour, and lastly, Jas Nisic, a critically acclaimed cabaret artist and singer-songwriter who has been featured on BBC Radio Manchester and recently played at Stockport Pride.
Jas continued: “Audiences can expect an interactive, fun and relaxed evening of local talent featuring original music, burlesque, poetry and a bit of jazz and musical theatre.
“We want to celebrate and showcase local artists who are underrepresented in the arts, offering paid opportunities to share their art with the world and in fact our performers are multi-talented and are showcasing all of their talents.
“We stand out because we want the audience to feel involved and part of the evening, we are integrating fun and ridiculous games throughout the evening with the chance to win some quirky prizes, with even a bottle of bubbles up for grabs.
“We want to bring that Friday feeling to a Wednesday and get people down to the Fitzgerald to have a laugh with us!
The Fitzgerald, Northern Quarter, is the perfect venue for this speakeasy-style cocktail bar with its glitzy refurbishment, providing the perfect backdrop for the cabaret-style performances.
And Jas was glowing about the citie’s art scene too.
“The Manchester arts scene has been the biggest inspiration for our work. We presented our first ever cabaret, which was critically acclaimed as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe, We Need To Talk, a Jazz Cabaret which was later performed at Sonata Piano and Cabaret Lounge and the VAULT Festival, we were even nominated for an OffFest award for Best Theatre!
“Without the support and the creatives we have connected with across Manchester, we wouldn’t be who we are.
“We are passionate about breaking barriers to the arts and collaboration; we are run by working-class, neurodivergent and queer creatives and want to offer development and paid performance opportunities to emerging talent.
“We seek and share creative opportunities across our social media, uplift other Manchester based events and celebrate local talent.”
To Bee Productions is committed to ensuring that everyone can enjoy their events and has made a minimum of 10% of tickets priced as Pay What You Can, allowing those who are feeling the pinch of the cost of living crisis to attend the evening of cabaret.
Standard tickets for this unforgettable evening are priced at £12.
This event promises to be a night of pure entertainment, and previous cabaret shows have been highly rated and enjoyed by audiences.
One reviewer described the sound of the talented artists as “like honey,” while others praised the performances for being “funny, in-your-face and very relatable.”
The Quirky Cabaret will have two intervals, giving audiences ample time to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the cabaret in all its glory.
If you are looking for a fun and entertaining evening with a difference, then don’t miss the Quirky Cabaret.