Shotgun Carousel Announces World Renowned Guest Artists for Their Spring Show LES GROTTEAUX
London’s most infamous party and performance makers, Shotgun Carousel, are making a glamorous return to the stage following the pandemic-induced cancellation of their highly anticipated Christmas show.
Like a phoenix from the ashes or a daffodil from the frosted ground, Les Grotteaux is back with an incredible selection of guest artists ready to serve up a delicious night of cabaret and circus fun. Expect an evening of varied performances jam-packed with burlesque bombs, jaw-dropping drag acts and jaw-dropping circus performances, bursting into an abundance of springtime revelry at the award-winning new Woolwich Works venue.
Each evening, Shotgun Carousel and its House Band will be joined by an ever-changing array of internationally acclaimed guest performers, including Miss Burlesque UK 2019 winner Evelyn Carnate. ‘The Shapeshifting Showgirl’ will bring her playful, powerful neo-burlesque performance and fabulously unpredictable on the Woolwich Works stage. She will be joined by comedian and writer Shaparak Khorsandi, who has appeared on countless TV and radio shows including Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, QI, Just a Minute and other flagship Radio programs. 4, will bring laughter. Magician Billy Kidd, who has graced theaters and TV screens around the world, as seen in ITV’s Game of Talents, The Next Great Magician and acting as host on Discovery Channel’s Breaking Magic, will take us wonder how his incredible illusions are possible.
The Grotteuax will also host New Yorker and award-winning comedian Desiree Burch, who has appeared on Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You, QI and 8 Out of 10 Cats with Drag King John Travulva’s Glasgow queer comic strip. your dreams”. He is joined by Kemah Bob who aims to spread love, light and warmth with their comedy, using entertainment as a tool for enlightenment and empowerment.
Critically acclaimed cabaret chameleon Coco Deville will showcase her innovative spin on burlesque, fusing body positivity, dynamic dance and flirtatious clowning. MisSa is an internationally recognized sword swallower, singer, poet, and exhibited artist; voted Europe’s Most Influential Performer of 2018. Multi-nominated comedian Suzi Ruffell, who has had five sold-out tours at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, will also make an appearance.
Drag queen Asia Thorne, a regular on The Bitten Peach, will come up with intriguing new ways to entertain and delight audiences. Kaajel Patel is a Bollywood-trained dancer, infamous on the London cabaret circuit. Paul Carroll, from County Wexford, Ireland, will bring the luck of the Irish to Les Grotteaux with his character comedy set. Yshee Black is known in Birmingham for hosting The Church of Yshee lip-syncing competition and as the fifth of the interactive story theater collective Fantabulosa.
Internationally acclaimed comedy and cabaret artist Marcel Lucont will join the party with his tongue-in-cheek style, sleazy poetry and tongue-in-cheek observations. Fancy Chance will dazzle with its twirling pompoms, drag kinging and its clownish madness. Founder and curator of the Cocoa Butter Club, Sadie Sinner performs a seamless repertoire brimming with the RnB, Blues, Jazz, Motown, Funk and Neo-soul that raised her. Boylesque sensation and drag king, and member of the incredible Pan Asian Cabaret Collective, Sigi Moonlight has performed everywhere, from clowning around in Glastonbury to staging inflatable penis fights at Shakespeare’s Globe. Soroya Marchelle is not just London’s Lipsync assassin, but the mother of POC Haus Of Melanin and the creative producer behind London’s newest drag contest The Next Drag Superstar!
After delighting crowds with her fearless and vivacious personality, Sikisa’s comedy chops earned her a spot as a finalist for the 2017 BBC New Comedy Award and a Best Show nomination at the 2022 Leicester Comedy Festival. Onyx Fatale, winner of Burlesque Idol 2018, to bring you dazzling burlesque. Shakona Fire keeps getting hotter; having played with The Cocoa Butter Club, RVT, Mighty Hoopla, The Glory and David Hoyle, this award-winning shapeshifter and storyteller brings the heat.
The Glamourists also come to play, a stunning duo who create unique dreamlike illusions in a sophisticated and theatrical style. That’s not all, because Demi Noire, the soul sista of burlesque, ranked No. 15 of the most influential burlesque artists in the world and No. 1 in the UK in the 21st Century Burlesque Magazine 2020, will be invited. Tito Bone, the blind non-binary bisexual drag king, joins the family of their company Quiplash, the cabaret and drag collective for the disabled.
Expect a breathtaking evening when Me The Drag Queen takes the stage. Having performed all over the world, this notorious narcissist, glamorous clown and professional idiot is a master of lip-syncing. Last, but certainly not least, is Prinx Silver – a Spanish drag king sensation known for his dramatic faces, political messaging and getting naked on stage!
Shotgun Carousel’s spring extravaganza at Woolwich Works will be hosted by the stunning Lilly Snatchdragon. Lilly will be joined by burlesque star Cleopantha (as seen in The Man in the Mirror: A Michael Jackson Biopic), Mark Anthony (winner, Mr Boylesque UK 2019; Queeriosity Cabaret), Len Blanco (Divine Proportions, Shotgun Carousel), Isobella Burnham (first EP, Dancin’ Garuda, May 2021), Dosa Cat (Southbank Centre) and Symoné (Wonderville, Palace Theatre)
From the creative team behind Divine Proportions and Red Palace sales, The Grotteaux fuses an old-school variety format with exciting new performance, putting a contemporary spin on classic seasonal themes; rebirth, renewal, second chance and change. Intense meets opulent West End and East London dive bar; Les Grotteaux is a place where all walks of life can come, have fun, eat, drink (with or without alcohol!) and let their worries melt away, revitalized, rejuvenated and refreshed!
Writer and director Molly Beth Morossa comments: After the cold and dark of winter (and the disappointment of having postponed our magnificent Christmas show), we will return to the Woolwich Works stage to hunt the cobwebs and celebrating the little things, and the big things, with a joyful but timely reminder that life is short and very precious. I hope the audience takes away a sense of empowerment to seize the day, because we just don’t know what lies ahead. We are creating a vision of spring brought to life by an exceptional cast to bring you a vibrant, contemporary and revolutionary new cabaret show!