Task 2: Cabaret styled theatre

We had a discussion about The type of club we should set our show up in, because we thought having people randomly sing in a night club might seem a bit weird so we had a discussion about it.

Here is the discussion about the club

 

And here is a video showing our final conclusion which is that we have decided to go for a cabaret styled club.

 

We went for a Cabaret club because they actually have performances on and so we thought it wouldn’t look as weird, however we will still have some performances off stage as well as on, they will just be included in the dialogue, which is yet to be written. I also thought a cabaret club would suit our show better, because it gave us more freedom when it came to the performances being on stage. For example in the musical cabaret they have some weird and crazy performances like a man singing to a monkey as if it is his wife even though he’s gay. Since we have monologues featuring Saint Joan it makes sense that a cabaret show will be better for us. Also because it we have also started thinking that it won’t be set in a real world, but more a purgatory world it will be easier for Jack’s character to just explain a bit about the weird acts, which will then help the audience to remember this isn’t a normal club. I have suggested Jack’s character because he will be the club owner and so a type of Emcee like in Cabaret.

 

After we decided this I thought I would do some research into the history of Cabaret clubs and the positives and negatives of them.

Cabaret clubs originally started in France, mainly Paris, a very well known cabaret club that even has it’s own film is Moulin Rouge which is still open today. The club and various others inspired people to open them all around the world including Austria, Germany and America. It had a big impact in America especially, because this was around the same time of the prohibition and so speakeasies came about the same time because of this.

I think a Cabaret club will be good for us for set as well. There’s a lot you can do with a club because there are different levels to it, you’d have the main floor and then a stage and then maybe a seating area and a space for the office, because they tend to have offices for the owners. So there are a lot of levels and platforms we could use which would be fun for us as we have never used platforms except for when we did Midsummer Nights Dream, but that was only one small one and many of us didn’t need to be on it.

I wanted to find some thoughts on Cabaret clubs and why people like or may not like them. I found the webpage for a Cabaret club in London called Time Out, because it had a list of what is good and possibly bad about Cabaret shows. It mentions how they are fun, because they need to keep the audience entertained and laughing so they are full of stuff. That’s good for our show because we have such a variety of performances that will make the audience go through a number of emotions and so hopefully there will be some laughing and gasping throughout.

However because Cabarets like to “test” audiences in a way and so some people may not like them because of a seriously weird act or maybe one show is on a taboo subject like sex or drugs and sometimes people find it hard to sit through those. Our piece does feature many different topics from rude Posh boys to having a terrorist to girls loving sex. There is a wide variety and since this is Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk I feel like we should just go for it and if people want to walk out they can, because our show will be something different and new and that’s why we thought a cabaret club would be better than a night club.

Cabaret clubs are known to “hate rules” however we have set ourselves some. This is because it’s not show just for adults, we still have an age limit and we aren’t in a real Cabaret club somewhere down in London. One rule is to not have too much swearing, this is because the Posh Boys will almost need to swear because its part of their characters and there is also a monologue which appears a couple of times called Shopping and Fucking. As you can guess from the title it features a lot of swearing in it. Again swearing is sort of taboo as well because although nearly everyone will do it, people don’t like to hear it too much especially throughout the show because it gives emphasis to something and using swear words too much makes it lose that impact.

 

Bibliography:

This website did not have a named author or a date, however I feel it is still reliable because it is on the website for a Cabaret club and so it would have been written by someone who worked for the club as they would need access to the website and so they do have a good incite into a Cabaret club and what happens in them.

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2 thoughts on “Task 2: Cabaret styled theatre”

  1. It is good that you have researched cabaret styles of theatre but you haven’t yet fully made the link as to why this lent itself to a potential structure for our show. As you know, the extended project is for all the students to be involved with. It is not like a Season show where auditions are held and the most suitable people are cast in the roles. In this context everyone needs to be included but, to avoid a straight showcase style variety show, (which this had the potential to be) we looked for a concept and setting that would allow us to develop a more coherent overall piece. Why do you think cabaret lends itself to this and to a nightclub setting?

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    1. The cabaret style club was also great to use because it gave us the opportunity to involve everyone as anything can be an “act” in a cabaret club. Also because it is a cabaret club it means we can dress up and enjoy ourselves and mingle if we want, because that is what you would do in a night club, so we still incorporated that idea. Even though in a cabaret club, you don’t always talk to strangers, we used some of the scenes to incorporate this so that it still had a feel of a night club as well. For example the melodrama that James, Leah and I were in involved me walking over and chatting to the waitress behind the bar, and the interviewer scene that Leah did included talking to all three waitresses, Jimmy and even some of the posh boys.

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