LONDON – Having already made the waves at Edinburgh, multi-award-winning Queen of Weimar punk kabarett Bernie Dieter (star of La Clique) carried her success Down Under and walked away with the ‘Best Cabaret’ weekly award. Now, the darkest, funniest and most debauched variety show this side of the Berlin wall is coming to the Big Smoke, as Little Death Club arrives in town to headline the 2019 Underbelly Festival on the Southbank.
Taking place in the beloved Spiegeltent, get ready for sequins and satire with a cut-throat wit, and a deviant eye for debaucherous mayhem, with a drag queen draped across the bar, a morose mime drowning his sorrows in a bottle of red and a bearded lady dancing in the shadows as Bernie sips her gin and surveys her prey, armed with her family of freaks. Be enchanted by the whisky-soaked, fire-breathing, utterly badass bearded lady Kitty Bang Bang; character comedian and disgruntled mime Josh Glanc; the unique vocal stylings and razor-sharp wit of Myra DuBois; gender bending contortionist and phenomenal aerialist Beau Sargent; and pocket rocket, hair hanging supremo Fancy Chance.
Says Dieter: “My Oma’s (grandmother’s) family owned a circus in Germany just before the war, and they were forced to flee from east to west Germany hiding in a circus caravan under piles of sequinned costumes. She is my spirit animal and taught me to embrace everyone, no matter where they come from or what they believe in as if they were family, and to celebrate difference in all its forms, to be whoever you want to be. I think, with all the scary sh*t going on in the world right now, we all need a bit more of that in our lives.”
Add Underbelly directors Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood: “Chaos is guaranteed to ensue when Bernie hits the Underbelly Festival Southbank Spiegeltent this summer and she’s gathered a merry band of phenomenal misfits to join her nightly reign.”
With a fully original gin soaked, Weimar-punk jazz soundtrack by Bernie Dieter and the Vier, this is the Little Death Club where you can be whoever you want to be… There is no fourth wall, no rules and no seat is safe in this dark and defiant den of iniquity.
Little Death Club plays at Underbelly Festival Southbank, Jubilee Gardens, London SE1 8XX from 18th April to 23rd June 2019. Tickets available here