Brand new London shows from talented students

The rise and fall of Egyptian pharaohs, a messy break-up and being gay in communist China are just a few of the topics covered in five new cabaret shows coming to the Crazy Coqs this April.

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For the last few weeks, I have been mentoring eight students from the Guildford School of Acting in the art of cabaret. They have chosen their themes, the songs and what to say - I’ve just been around to offer a guiding hand and I'm hugely proud of them all.

For someone like me, who's been doing this for over 20 years, it’s quite something to see the natural instincts of these young people. They sing wonderfully, have bags of confidence and most important of all: they have great stories to tell. 

The shows are staged over two consecutive days at London's Crazy Coqs and there's a special '5 for 4' offer: book at least one ticket for each of the five shows and you'll get one show for free. The promo code is GSA2019 (or GSACON for concessions). Book online or call 020 7734 4888.

Here’s what you can expect:

7 APRIL, 3PM. WHERE TO NEXT?
Kenni Chomyn and Kate Beach are a dynamic pair with joyous personalities and infectious energy. In 'Where To Next', they share the ups and downs of moving their lives across the world from Canada to London. It's funny, heart-breaking and hectic and packed with great songs from The Drowsy Chaperone, The Beverley Sisters and ABBA.

7 APRIL, 5.15PM. LUMINESCENCE
From Salt Lake City, Utah, to Piccadilly Circus, Tyler Palo has traveled across the world in pursuit of his goal to be 'a light': a source of positivity and good energy. It's been a journey of friendship, laughter, loss, and determination. Tyler has a great voice, bags of  charm and you'll love his music choices, from The Book of Mormon to Spongebob Squarepants the Musical!

7 APRIL, 7.30PM. AMERICAN PHARAOH
Asya Toney takes you on a personal journey through time and space, through past and present lives, from a royal court in ancient Egypt to the Supreme Court of the United States. In American Pharaoh, she explores the misrepresentations, misunderstands and the triumphs of black women throughout the ages. Expecting a few surprises as she tackles this challenging subject with panache and a fabulous soundtrack including classics like It’s A Man’s World, Ava Maria, and I Will Survive. Oh, she's funny too!

8 APRIL, 7PM. [UNTITLED]: A STORY OF LOVE, LOSS & MOVING ON
It's a well known story. Two people meet, they fall in love, and they live happily ever after. But what happens when it all goes wrong? And how do you pick up the pieces afterward? Through a mashup up of terrific Broadway songs (she goes from Nat ‘King’ Cole to Carousel to Hamilton), Heather Hill’s [Untitled] explores self-discovery, sexuality, and how to heal the wounds someone has left behind. It's an emotional roller-coaster with a feel-good message.

8 APRIL, 9.15PM. THE LAST CABARET ON EARTH
1999, 2012, 2018… The end is nigh… again! The world as we know it has been a flop, so we might as well celebrate its inevitable end with David Steven, Tom White and Zoe Yan in The Last Cabaret on Earth. This power-trio have put together an homage to the end of days with songs from Dear World, Everyday Rapture, Candide and many more. It goes from deeply moving to laugh-out-loud, with superb harmonies and a belting soundtrack.