☆☆☆☆ "Arisha immediately lights up the stage with their energy, exactly what’s needed to keep the audience captivated for 60 minutes. Arisha’s voice exhibited beautiful jazz tones but really shone during the French operatic number where they truly displayed their vocal talent" - North West End
About the show
Arisha's OK Cabaret: An Operatic Extravaganza was proudly funded by the Superbia Queer Arts Fund and nominated for both an OffFest Award and Best LGBTQA+ Productions at the 2023 Greater Manchester Fringe. Join Arisha Marsh (They/Them) as they hop across the pond to learn opera in the shiny of Oklahoma City, where the likes of Kristin Chenoweth trained. They battle auditions, acapella harmonies, and they finally find a space where they belong. Their life turns into a broadway fairytale, what could possibly go wrong?
March 12th 2020 the campus is ordered to shut down the next day, Friday the 13th, they run through campus finding everyone they love to tell them goodbye.
Their life is completely uprooted, unhoused, they rely on their community for support. They stay in New Mexico with a friend, put in emergency housing to complete their studies, and eventually made it back to Manchester safe enough to sing the tale
"a powerful monument to the human spirit's perseverance and the unifying power of song. It's more than simply a show; it's an important investigation of human resilience and unification via the global language of music." - Canal St Online
Arisha's OK Cabaret: An Operatic Extravaganza is an autobiographical musical revue that incorporates a mix of aria, jazz standards, musical theatre and pop music to explore displacement and homelessness in times of crisis, found family and the strength of queer relationships.