The decadence and sexiness of 1930s Berlin cabaret is coming to Sheffield this weekend.
Event organisers Marmalade Inspired are putting on a one-night event, 1930s Berlin Diary, a blend of music, theatre, dance, comedy and burlesque, on Sunday.
The diaries tell the ‘divinely decadent’ story of the show’s compere Warren Peace, recalling his time working in a Berlin nightclub called Madame Lola’s.
The character was inspired by Christopher Isherwood’s book Goodbye to Berlin, which traced the real nightclub cabaret scene of Berlin that was swept away by the rise of the Nazis.
The musical version of his stories, Cabaret, became an Oscar-winning film starring Liza Minnelli and memorably featured Joel Grey as the compere.
Director Jennie Swift, who also appears as Baroness Guillem, said: “We get together to put on one-off events.
“We’re at that age where we’ve seen a lot of theatre, cabaret and other shows and we just wanted to put on something different.”
Her colleague Laura Jarmalaite explained that the idea was for the audience to join in. She added: “You go to the theatre and you don’t get to meet the actors.
“We give people the chance to meet our amazing performers and interact with them.”
Jennie added: “You might be in the bar and standing next to Warren Peace having a drink and there will be a mini drama going on.”
There will be lots of mini dramas throughout the night, she said, and screens will also show what’s going on backstage. The show starts from the moment the audience arrive and the performers stay in character all the time.
There are magicians moving around the crowd, an artist at work and a photo booth.
Jennie said: “We want to transport people back in time or to another place. We’re taking them on a journey, so that they feel they are in 1930s Berlin. We really encourage people to dress up.”
Jason Richord, who plays Warren, said: “This is an exciting thing for us. All the performers are Sheffield based so it’s exciting doing this in our home town.”
He added: “It’s so much more enjoyable than a regular cabaret show.”
Marmalade Inspired are coming to Sheffield for the first time with this show, which they have done before in Leeds.
It’s a one-off but they intend to run other themed burlesque-style events in the future.
Sunday’s event takes place at Crystal on Carver Street. For details and tickets, go to http://www.marmaladeinspired.com/