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Crazy Christmas Cabaret is coming to the Depot!

 

Get your Christmas cabaret on! A collective of international circus and cabaret artists famous for their thrilling, immersive performances is coming to the DEPOT warehouse at the end of this month.

On the 29 / 30 November and 1 December, guests are invited to dress in their craziest Christmas clobber and head to the DEPOT for an evening of wintery cabaret, circus tricks and ‘dodgy Santa comedy’ – courtesy of Mary Bijou Cabaret and Social Club’s ‘Fairy Tale Christmas’!

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Having previously performed sell out shows at the Wales Millennium Centre, Edinburgh festival and around the country, The Mary Bijou Cabaret & Social Club are critically acclaimed for their immersive and intimate performances which are driven by playfulness and good fun.

Tickets for the Mary Bijou Fairy Tale Christmas are priced at £15 and available from depot.eventcube.io/events. Fancy dress is warmly encouraged!

 For more info see DEPOT’s social media pages, or search @themarybijou

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We Are Cardiff does Machynlleth Comedy Fest 2016

Every year (at least for the past seven years), the sleepy, teeny-tiny town of Machynlleth gets taken over on the May Day bank holiday with Mach Comedy Festival. It’s a weekend of comedy, theatre, music and performance (mostly comedy) in the heart of Wales, and a really lovely weekend getaway.

Here’s the festie’s own blurb about themselves:

“When we first talked about starting Machynlleth Comedy Festival above of all we wanted to create somewhere where people came to have fun, and get away from it all, whether this be the attendees, the comedians or the festival team. It was all about taking a different approach with an aim of creating a spirit of experimentation and intimacy. We’re passionate about the thrill of seeing live comedy in intimate places, and the glorious, picturesque and enchanting town of Machynlleth gave us a wealth of interesting and unique performance spaces in which to do this.”

There was a BBC Radio 4 programme about Mach, with Henry and Josh Widdicombe, broadcast a couple of weeks ago. You can hear that here: Radio 4 at the Machynlleth Comedy Festival with Elis James

This year, we went along and caught some brilliant stuff from: Goose, Bridget Christie, Richard Gadd, Joe Lycett, George Orange, Stuart Goldsmith, Spencer Jones, Aisling Bea, Mike Bubbins, Mary Bijou Cabaret, Sparkles Hoop Troop, and on and on and on.

Best parts of the weekend? Nick Helm doing an impression of Josh Widdicombe (who couldn’t make the festival because he was recording a sitcom in London). Also Ed Gamble comparing the showcase that wouldn’t end.

No spoilers – go see their Edinburgh shows! But in the meantime, here’s our photo essay from this year:

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It was a grand old weekend. Check it out for next year!

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We Are Cardiff DJs will be playing Mary Bijou’s Bad Romance Social! Sat 13 Feb – get your tickets now!

We are VERY excited to announce that the We Are Cardiff DJs will be hopping on the decks (possibly literally) at the fabulous Mary Bijou Cabaret’s Bad Romance Social!mary bijou bad romance social

Taking place on Saturday 13 Feb at NoFit State Circus’ new home, Four Elms (on Newport Road), celebrate car-crash love affairs, the St. Valentine’s apocalypse, turn-ons, turn-offs and turn-downs. Expect a twist on our usual cabaret in this debauched night of dj’s, fabulous characters, peepshow performances and dancing.

Do not expect your traditional Valentine’s ball.

Mary Bijou are fundraising for their new creation, coming to the WMC Halloween 2016.

For the full VIP treatment bring cash! There will be a cash bar to drink away your sorrows. A bulging pocket of pound coins will get you sweet nothings, and happy endings…..

All early bird tickets have SOLD OUT now, but there are still a few mid-tier price tickets left.

BUY BAD ROMANCE SOCIAL TICKETS NOW

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Don’t miss out – this will be a wonderful night with a crazy twist on your usual cabaret – plenty of performances, vogueing on the dance floor, and the We Are Cardiff DJs providing the ‘Get Bent: Anti-Wedding Disco’ as the finale!

This is The Lovely Phoenix. You’d trust her to pick the tunes for your night out, right?

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See you on the dance floor!

Mary Bijou Cabaret Bad Romance Social (13 Feb, Four Elms, Newport Road) Facebook event

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Mary Bijou – Hitch! review, by Gareth Pahl

Theatre runs in my blood, it has always been in my life and always will hold a special place in my heart. I am also, as friends may describe me, the most critical critic! Being a hybrid of performer, designer and teacher, high expectation is as much my downfall as it is my making.

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If you expect sharp, polished performance then perhaps Mary Bijou’s ‘Hitch’ is not the show for you. However, what ‘Hitch’ does provide is a good, fun piece of collaborative cabaret style theatre. If, like me, you are excited about the dangers of live theatre then this is an absolute must see. Parts of it were perfect, parts of it were well recovered, and parts of it were just plane crash.

The concept – a series of performances inspired by the most loved films of Alfred Hitchcock, is ambitious but interesting. Mary Bijou have bottled the insanely morbid imagination of Hitchcock and added their own madness into the mix to create this ambitious, yet strangely captivating piece of theatre.
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The performers present with a range of talents – notably in circus, dance, music and comedy and they draw on these skills to create a unique and interesting collaborative performance. The performances are accompanied by the musical works of Tom Elstob, Bethan Cecil and Branwen Munn who created the soundtrack specifically for the show. There were technical issues that were slightly annoying during the first act, although these were ironed out during the interval.

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My favourite musical number was the accompaniment to Anna Sandreuter’s incredible aerial rope act. Not only was the music beautiful, but Anna’s performance on the ropes was flawless and breath-taking. She also made it look easy – and trust me it really isn’t! It’s a shame that Anna’s hula hoop act didn’t go without flaw, however the cabaret nature of the show meant she could recover well and with comedic effect – even adding to the performance.

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Laura Moy’s performance on the Chinese pole inspired by the film ‘The Birds’ was of equally high calibre. The audience were left captivated and in awe of her incredible versatility as she climbed and performed on the pole with a performance that wouldn’t be out of place in the world’s best circuses. One particular drop made my stomach turn as she dropped from the top of the pole, catching it just shy of the ground.

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The evening’s compere was George Orange who’s crazy antics left the audience either in fits of laughter, utter confusion or completely horrified (Why did I open my mouth and reveal my phobia of frogs?). His version of the film ‘Vertigo’ was very hit and miss – at times making you wonder if the mistakes were deliberate or accidental. George’s most notable performance however was in a dance/contortion piece based on ‘The Trouble With Harry’. His flexibility and convincing ability to ‘play dead’ meant that the two other performers  could drag his body around, fold him up, dance with him, and whatever else one might be tempted to do with a body!

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The performance was interspersed with semi-convincing lip syncs to real interviews with cast members of Hitchcock’s films.  In particular there was an interesting piece, in which cast member Joe Wild perfectly lip sync’s to an interview with Kim Novak. Cue ‘Hitchcock’s Leading Ladies’ – a hilarious dance routine by the cast and crew.

Later in the show we see a rather distasteful stripper routine. Personally I felt this let the show down, it was unnecessary and arguably disrespectful. For a production that seemed to be celebrating the works of Hitchcock it seemed totally bizarre to include such a scene that to me undermined the whole production. It should be mentioned that this scene seemed to be like marmite – there were clearly audience members who loved this moment.

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The production ended with a very evocative and cleverly devised piece based on perhaps Hitchcock’s most iconic scene – the shower scene from ‘Psycho’. I won’t say much about it as I don’t want to spoil it – but it really is good!  If I had to rate this show I would be generous and give it 4 stars, whilst I thoroughly enjoyed it there were lots of things I could comment on to bring it down from perfect 5.

I mentioned earlier – if sharp and polished performance is your bag then ‘Hitch’ may not be for you. They were brave tackling a concept that was ambitious, however, Mary Bijou created an interesting and on the whole, well executed show. It did have its faults, and some of them were epic, but generally these almost added to the enjoyment of the show. It is indeed the danger and thrill of live performance that gives this piece its unbeatable charm (minus naked Hitchcock scene).

Review by Gareth Pahl

Hitch! is currently on tour – find forthcoming dates on the Mary Bijou Facebook page

All photographs by Tom Beardshaw (license: Creative Commons attribution)

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Hitch! No-one is innocent … RWCMD, Thursday 12 March 2015

One of our favourite Cardiff cabaret groups, Mary Bijou Cabaret are on tour, and you can catch them THIS THURSDAY, 12 March at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama!

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“No one is innocent!” snarls the compere. At a cabaret based on the work of Alfred Hitchcock, these are the only words we can trust. Mary Bijou Cabaret and Social Club presents HITCH. Walking the line between hilarity and horror, the cabaret includes a singing Mrs. Danvers, extolling her beloved Rebecca; a Vertigo victim walking a wire in high heels; Tippi Hedren on a Chinese pole, beset by Birds; Marlene Dietrich, prowling the theatre, looking for an accomplice or victim – she’s not picky.

With music by Tom Elstob (The Idol Rich), Bethan Cecil, and Branwen Munn, the cast sing for their lives. Someone will lose their life tonight…perhaps more than one.

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Mary Bijou Cabaret and Social Club pushes cabaret to new frontiers. Created by a troupe of international circus and cabaret artists, veterans of NoFit State Circus and the underground live art scene of London, HITCH was originally commissioned for the Wales Millennium Centre and Blysh Festival. HITCH is also funded by the Arts Council Wales.

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Fancy dress is optional but highly recommended. Come as your favourite Hitchcock character … victim, villain or hapless innocent. Or maybe you fancy yourself as the ‘master of suspense’ himself.

“This is beyond cabaret and into the realm of high dramatic art. If I could give it six stars, I would. A triumph” – John Christopher Wood

Hitch was originally commissioned for the Wales Millennium Centre and Blysh Festival. Hitch is also funded by Arts Council Wales.

BUY TICKETS HERE: http://www.rwcmd.ac.uk/whats_on/events/hitch.aspx

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/839589639416291/

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Photos by Tom Beardshaw

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Celebrate the festive season with Mary Bijou’s Nut Cracking Christmas!

Our friends over at Mary Bijou are putting on a Christmas Cabaret this weekend, to get you in the festive mood! Presenting, the Mary Bijou Nut Cracking Christmas Cabaret!

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Mary Bijou Cabaret & Social Club presents Mary Bijou’s Nut Cracking Christmas!

Mary Bijou Cabaret & Social Club are bringing their unique style to Four Elms with a Christmas Cabaret on the 28th and 29th November 2014.

Mary Bijou brings together top circus and cabaret performers to bring you an intimate, immersive, circus cabaret show, where the audience are encouraged to dress up and become part of the cabaret family for the evening.

We will have food to purchase, a bar and mulled wine.

So start your Christmas party season off piste and in style with a night of wintery cabaret and dodgy Santa comedy with their newest show, Mary Bijou’s Nut Cracking Christmas. Come in your finest Christmas clobber or the best Nut Cracker camp and join Mary Bijou for a night to remember.

Date: Friday 28th & Saturday 29th November
Doors: 7:30pm
Show: 8:00pm
Duration: approximately 2 hours including interval

Location: NoFit State, Four Elms Road, Cardiff CF24 1LE

Tickets: £10.50 in advanced, £12 on the door available here: tickets from NoFit State Circus
Age: appropriate for 16+


Food menu: We have the menu! Get your chops round this:

Seasonal mezze platter £8 including:
Beetroot hummus, winter veg pakora, faux gras (vegan pate), roast cauliflower/hazelnut salad, courgette/chilli/lemon salad, locally baked bread and some delicious sweet treats!

My mouth is watering! Take a look at some of their daring performers…

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Still need convincing? Check out their cabaret from last year…

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MARY BIJOU CABARET on their Facebook event page

 

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“I made my passion into my profession” – Anna

Today, We Are Cardiff gets hula hooping and aerial gymnastic-ing with Anna Sandreuter, founder of the Crashmat Collective performance company.

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In 2002 I had just finished Circus School in London (where I had moved from Austria to study) and there was a job add in the Stage to go on tour with Big Fun Circus, so I came to Cardiff and had an interview in a studio on Kings Road. Two weeks later I had bought a van and given up my room in London. That same year I got involved with NoFit State Circus, who had set up their tent in Bute Park and were creating a big show called ImMortal…

For years I was based here, but constantly touring and didn’t really feel as though I was spending that much time here. In between tours I would go off to Barcelona or India or Australia. I worked on ships for a while in the Caribbean, but in 2010 I started thinking it was time to create my own company, so I started two somehow- Crashmat Collective and Mary Bijou Cabaret and Social Club.

I am a circus performer, trainer and director. I made my passion into my profession. I am currently directing a show called Façade, with my company Crashmat Collective, we are in rehearsals for our upcoming tour of Wales and London. It is a theatrical circus show, during which the audience get served a three course meal by the performers, who’s characters are all waiters in a restaurant. It’s a really fun show to do. I also founded the Mary Bijou Cabaret and Social Club. I am lucky to have had great support from many arts organisations to make these things happen.

Other hobbies include going to live music gigs, shows, I love travel, going places in my camper van or further afield. I love coffee, dancing and yoga. I like markets and charity shops. I like sewing. I’m not great at relaxing, but at home I have a nice cup of tea with honey to relax. I never really watch television, but occasionally I choose something on i player. I generally read before sleep, that’s the thing that switches me off from everything else.

I have a love-hate relationship with Cardiff sometimes, but there are many things in Cardiff that I love … mostly they are the independent art and food things that go on … Sunday mornings at Riverside market, Barkers Coffee, the Penylan Pantry, the parks, Chapter, Milgi, Pipes beer fests, pop up kitchens … many are run by friends and go hand in hand with arty happenings, they are the things I like supporting … Spillers records, Dirty Protest, live music gigs, Gwdihw, Printhouse, Green City, Waterloo tea, theatre gigs.

On a rainy day I think the Arcades in Cardiff are special, architecturally and historically, and they are fun to explore.

If they were into sports or circus I would recommend going to classes at NoFit State, if they liked food I would recommend any of the above mentioned places, if they liked the outdoors I would send them to the west coast or the Gower.

Anna Sandreuter studied at The Circus Space, London. Before founding her own company Crashmat Collective and the Mary Bijou Cabaret & Social Club, she toured with Nofit State Circus for three years in the internationally acclaimed performance of ImMortal. Anna performed on tour with NoFit State Circus Parklife, co-production with National Theatre Wales Mundo Paralelo (dir. Mladen Materic Tattoo Theatre, France) which performed at London International Mime Festival Jan 2012, Labyrinth a resident show at the Eden Project, Willi Dorners Bodies In Urban Spaces Swansea, Norfolk and Norwich Festivals own Spiegeltent show Les Enfant Perdus. She also featured in the film “Y Syrcas” (dir. Kevin Allen) on S4C this Christmas. Since 2002 she has worked as a freelance circus coach and has taught hundreds of circus classes at NoFit State Circus and around the world. Anna specialises in vertical rope and hula hoop and loves a nice cappuccino. 

Anna was photographed at rehearsal by Joseph Singh (SnapPopAndRock) 

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“Lose yourself in the city and experience as much live culture as you can!” – Paul

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I was born in Cardiff and although I have lived elsewhere for short term contracts, there has never been a good enough reason for me to live somewhere else permanently. I like my city! So there would have to be a good reason to leave.

I have lived in Roath a few times, Cathays, Splott, Heath, Cardiff Central, Pen-y-Lan and Grangetown. I think Pen-y-Lan was my favourite, a great location, but that also has some of the best memories for the time of life and good parties in that house!

I currently work as a aerialist, acrobat, actor, director and choreographer. I spend a lot of time training and researching in this area, and that takes up a lot of my time. As well as working freelance, I’m Artistic Director for Crashmat Collective.

My favourite thing to do in Cardiff is going to live events. There are so many live music nights, theatre, and so on. Lose yourself in the city and experience as much live culture as  possible!

Paul Evans has over 20 years experience as a gymnast, performing with the Welsh Gymnastics Squad and achieving many competitive accolades. After completing his BA in Drama, Paul trained with NoFit State as an apprentice on their Tabu tour. Paul is a multi skilled performer and teacher specialising in aerial, acrobatics and acting. Paul also works as a director and aerial choreographer, creating individual routines and whole shows. He is Creative Director of Crashmat Collective and is currently performing in Mary Bijou Cabaret and Social Club show, Hitch. Catch Mary Bijou on Facebook or Twitter @themarybijou. Paul currently lives in Heath.

Mary Bijou’s show Hitch premieres in their purpose-built Spiegeltent in Cardiff Bay outside the Wales Millennium Centre between 31 July and 4 August 2013.

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“Adamsdown is my favourite” – Ellie

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I went to Aberystwyth University and had a few friends that moved to Cardiff when they graduated. A few of us hung around Aber for a bit not knowing what we should do and then decided we would all just move to Cardiff. I’ve lived in Riverside then Roath and now settled in Adamsdown. Adamsdown is my favourite, because it’s cheap and most of my friends live in the surrounding streets. Though I have fond memories of Riverside and my housemates, and Roath because I met a lovely landlord and his family who became my adopted Cardiff family! Cardiff is just so friendly and welcoming which is why it rocks!

By day, I am a legal secretary for a Patent and Trade Mark firm. It’s a job I fell into but it’s pretty great. In my spare time I do the admin for the Mary Bijou Cabaret and Social Club. If you haven’t heard of us we are a Cardiff-based (so far!) cabaret night. We began in 2010, staging themed shows in our local community hall that featured circus performers, musicians, dancers and actors from Cardiff and around the world. Our shows are immersive and intimate, driven by playfulness and good fun; the audience is invited to become part of the cabaret family for the evening. By 2011 these nights were growing in popularity, and we were invited by the Wales Millennium Centre to perform as part of the 2011 Blysh festival. Since then, Mary Bijou has been going from strength to strength. We recently performed at our second Machynlleth Comedy Festival 2013, of which we were invited back to before our 2012 first year’s festival was even over! We provide the after-hours’ entertainment in the evenings as well as daytime circus workshops.

We’re going to be back at The Centre’s Blysh festival this July and August, bigger and better than ever, with a show called “Hitch” in the Spiegel tent which is ever so exciting. This year we get a four night run!

We’re confident that this summer’s show for the Centre will be our best yet. We’re already planning our shows for Machynlleth next May, and hope to include a daytime family-friendly “children’s’ cabaret”.

Some of my favourite things to do in the city are head to the hula hooping class at the Nofit State Circus HQ or at a spin class after work, or trawling junk shops for 1950s kitchens at the weekend, going to any number of the wonderful gigs and shows happening around town, electro-swing hopping with the Kitsch n Sync girls at their Tuesday class, drinking Waterloo tea in Porter’s and catching up with friends.

There are a whole load of fun things to recommend in this city – but obviously the first one would be to come and see our show in the spiegeltent this July 31st until 3 August 2013!

Ellie Pilott has collaborated with Mary Bijou since the first show in 2010. Nofit State circus inspired her to take up hula hoop but she is too shy to perform so she stays in the background and does a number of jobs filling in where appropriate but mainly the administration and marketing. She is a proficient tea drinker, junk shop trawler, hula hoop teacher and property finder. She makes Mary Bijou Go, Go, Go! Catch Mary Bijou on Facebook or Twitter @themarybijou or on their website. She currently lives in Adamsdown.

Mary Bijou’s show Hitch premieres in their purpose-built Spiegeltent in Cardiff Bay outside the Wales Millennium Centre between 31 July and 4 August 2013.

Ellie was photographed with her hula hoops at Porter’s by Adam Chard

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“I came to Cardiff because of NoFit State Circus and their great community” – George

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I came to Cardiff because of NoFit State Circus and their great community and fantastic training facility. I have lived in Splott and Grangetown in the city. Which is my favorite? I love my Splott friends, but I like the diversity of Grangetown and seeing the Taff every day.

I am a circus performer. The thing I’ve always liked about sport is the single-minded focus on physical agility and dexterity (but not so much the competition). What I’ve always liked about making art is the dissection and analysis of the human condition. Circus is a joyous mash up of these two.

To relax, I enjoy cycling around the city and visiting car boot sales. My perfect day in Cardiff would be spending a Sunday at Bessemer Road market and car boot, and then on to the Riverside Market for lunch.

George Orange is a performance artist, circus performer, outdoor theatre-maker, former mascot, ex-drag performer, co-founder of the Mary Bijou Cabaret and Social Club, but most of all, and without any doubt – he is a clown. Past work includes Parklife and Mundo Paralelo (NoFitState Circus), Facade (Crashmat Collective) and ten seasons with Chicago’s Midnight Circus. Catch Mary Bijou on Facebook or Twitter @themarybijou or on their website. George currently lives in Grangetown.

Mary Bijou’s show Hitch premieres in their purpose-built Spiegeltent in Cardiff Bay outside the Wales Millennium Centre between 31 July and 4 August 2013.

George was photographed at the New York Deli by Ffion Matthews

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