It’s that time of year again, and as usual there’s no better place to be than the capital for festive fun and frolics. One thing guaranteed to induce seasonal cheer is the glittering glitzy Speigeltent – like being inside a xmas tree bauble – so we take a look at the best of what this nomadic jewel, currently adorning Winterville in Hackney’s Victoria Park, has to offer Londoners and visitors over the next few weeks.
The popular Scottish country blues troubadour will be abandoning the Union Chapel this year to grab the opportunity to present his annual London Christmas show in this beautiful mirrored venue. Expect assured, subtle solo renditions of his trademark dark and enticing Delta-style compositions beside haunting reworkings of traditional Scottish folk favourites.
7pm, Monday 22nd December, £14.10. (18+ only)
If you missed musical and theatrical genius Kate Bush at her recent rare, sold out performances, this is probably not going to suffice, but it might cheer you up. The hilarious Lucy Bundy dons the sparkly legwarmers for her affectionate tribute and treats us to her best falsetto. If you’ve not seen this award-winning show yet, now’s your chance. If you have, we’re guessing you’ll want to see it again.
4.30pm, Saturday 13th December, Free
Pardon our Elizabethan. In this improbable fringe arts hit, the eponymous company presents a straight rendition of a Shakespeare play, marred by the one cast member whose turn it is to get ‘shitfaced’ that night. No pretending. While anything could happen, its strange appeal turns out to be the heroic efforts of both the drunk and the rest of the cast to somehow get through the performance.
7.30pm, 15 & 16 December, £10
Cirque Du Cabaret
This London-based burlesque circus (formerly the Tassel Club) will combine stylish acrobatics with comedy and music in a unique ‘kinetic’ cabaret. No two Cirque du Cabaret shows are the same, and for Winterville we’re promised gorgeous tattooed model Yusara Circus, whose act features fire, samurai swords and aerial feats. Fans of La Clique’s saucy cabaret won’t want to miss this.
20.15 pm, Wednesday 17th December, £17.50
Free dance parties
If you just fancy hitting the dancefloor for a few hours to burn off some of those mince pies, there are a few free gems on offer in honour of this travelling Dutch dancehall. The irresistible techno-heads at Bugged Out are going all festive for Fridays, with seasonal tunes replacing the repetitive beats over three nights of mayhem. And Sean Rowley brings along Guilty Pleasures, his popular celebration of the cheesiest music of the last five decades, for Saturday nights, along with a ‘priest’ eager to hear your musical confessions. Just right for the annual holiday taste forgot. If you take your good time music more seriously, you might prefer Gaz Mayall’s Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues, Soho’s famous R&B, rockabilly and rock’n’roll club, which is coming along to help you through that awkward weekend between Christmas and new year.
Bugged Out, Fridays 12 & 19 and Tuesday 23rd Guilty Pleasures, Saturdays 13th & 20th and Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues , Saturday 27th December. All 7pm, Free
The Winterville Speigeltent is in Victoria Park, Victoria Park Road, London E3 5SN