"It's the old, familiar cry: 'There's just not enough science in cabaret these days!' Okay, not such a familiar cry but a worthy notion all the same. Tom Baker's new show brings a spirit of scientific enquiry together with dashes of steampunk, spiritualist Victoriana and a bit of smut and crooning. As our host Staymayr, Baker flirts with an Austrian accent and snips of Schroedinger; it's fun but he's far funnier as HP Lovebox, Cthulu rock god from another dimension ("sing along and I will consume your soul last"). His version of Creep was... something else. The other highlight was Amundsen and Slade's Sonic Sideshow - the duo have designed their own jerkin-like suits containing numerous sound files they can play with a tap, from animal noises sampled from the audience to movie fight effects. Good science. You also get Fancy Chance riding a dildo-equipped rocking machine and old-school bullet-catching and mind-reading from the Irrepressible Mr Flay.
These are exiting times for Sonic Sideshow and the new year promises much more to come. Recent months have seen us entertaining the good folks of the Arts Council at Last Days of Decadence, doing a presentation at London College of Fashion and indulging in a satisfying sonic bust-up at The Resistance Gallery's Ab-Fab cabaret to mention some of our favorites. We are now fresh back from another appearance with the House of Fairytales, this time at Babington House in the beautiful Somerset countryside. We will be scanning the next issue of Vogue.....all too aware of the yawning expanse of the cutting-room floor!
Please come and join us in February as we unveil the all new and marvelous:
Professor Starmayr's Exposition of Wonders at Volupte Lounge
-Get your weird science thrills here!
Womb-hysteria, mentalism, feats of derring-do and marvelous contraptions.
Starring reigning Alternative Miss World Fancy Chance, man of action AND mystery The Irrepressible Mr Flay, freak of nature, cabaret crooner Mr HP Lovebox, and of course yours truly
Tues 9th Feb: (Doors: 5pm. Showtime: 8pm, Seated tickets: £10, Standing: subject to availability)
Thurs 18th Feb: (Doors: 5pm. Showtime: 8pm, Seated tickets: £15,Standing: subject to availability)
Fri 19th Feb: (Doors: 5pm. Showtime: 8pm, Seated tickets: £15, Standing: subject to availability)
Sat 20th Feb:(Two shows: 7pm (£25) and 10pm (£30) Guests are asked to order at least two courses from the A La Carte Menu)
book tickets and/or table
17th of Feb Royal College of Art 7pm-10pm
If you'd like to hear us talking about how and why we do what we do come along to the Valentines Dorkbot at Royal College of Art, were we will be doing a presentation along with some very interesting "people who do strange things with electricity"
We have had an event-full summer this year with highlights including stage performances with White Mischief at: Journey to the Centre of the earth, Paradise Gardens and Bestival, walkabout for House of Fairytales at Tate Modern and Miss Merlin's Interstellah Cabaret at The Glade, as well as appearances at RedSarah's Perverse Universe and Viva La Vida, - both at The Big Chill.
This years Glastonbury Festival saw us performing with TrashCity and brought Aste back on home turf at "The Gombeen Has-been-Sheebeen" - -the new incarnation of Spacecraft's legendary Underground Piano-bar.
Nathaniel flew solo at The Edinburgh Festival for a series of guerrilla cabaret performances-guest starring the talented Miss Ophelia Bitz on vocals and chainsaw, including an appearance at Dreams of Steam at the Big Red Door cabaret.
Most recently we are fresh back from performing for a third time this year at the remarkable Carnyville, the astonishing creative extravaganza produced by The Invisible Circus.
For now its back to the lab for plotting, stock-taking and refurbishments. For news, performances dates and astonishing flights of techno-fancy, check back to this page for regular up-dates.