|Far left: Kim Roberts; Far Right: James Lee. Dead Centre: KATIE!|
Taken at Cabaret Roulette's first birthday show by Rhinoa's Photography
This week Rosie has the absolute privilege of hanging out with some of the biggest fans and loveliest personalities on the London cabaret scene. They chat about: people who hate cabaret; future guests; what the scene is like; London's Lucha Libre; Benjamin Louche of the silver tongue; Your First Time; Burlesque herpes; never being alone; cabaret mafia; Benjamin Louche *again*; knowing your audience; being The Victim of a Show; when should you clap; what makes a good act; The Dark Arts; needles (sorry!); putting yourself into your act; what would make you want to see a show; friends tell friends about cabaret; sketchy mormons; extreme enthusiasm; life as a blur; cabaret flowers fix bad days.
London Cabaret Award nominee James Lee fell into the world of cabaret by accident in 2012 and hasn’t been able to get back out. He’s been a barely-competent doorman, a very amateur photographer and even occasionally has dabbled in the art of boylesque. Mostly though he can be seen in the audience of a show, along with a group of people he has dragged along with varying degrees of enthusiasm. Somehow this all resulted in him being nominated for a London Cabaret Award (Unsung Hero Category) in 2014. In what’s left of his spare time he likes to talk at people about beer, and allegedly does something related to climate change on weekdays. He was also nominated for a London Cabaret Award.
Kim Roberts:Kim is a creative soul and a lover of all things shiny. She stumbled upon the wonderful world of cabaret seemingly by accident by doing a favour to a friend. She has photographed some wonderfully talented performers and made a great number of friends who are now at the top of her imaginary Christmas card list! 3 years later, blinded by sequins and glitter, Kim is unable to stay away from the bright lights of vaudeville and loves to get into the spirit of things - vodka, gin, rum etc.! Kim is currently an unemployed schmo so if you want to take pity on her and offer her free tickets to your show in exchange for whoops and cheers, she can be found on Facebook! (Kim also thinks she is funny!)
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