Cabaret Artist Development Scheme

"As a nervous performer myself, Jas creates a safe and supportive environment to explore the genre. They have been an approachable mentor and this scheme has given me the tools and confidence to pursue cabaret further into my debut full length cabaret. " - Artist

About the scheme

The scheme curated in collaboration with Sonata Piano & Cabaret Lounge where performers have work with industry leading and North West based creatives to devise a short cabaret set. We aim to create a platform and network for early-career artists, offering accessible training in order to break barriers to the performing arts; particularly for those who are underrepresented and feel excluded from mainstream paths into the arts.

Artists will participate in workshops and masterclasses to help develop their cabaret, which can also be attended by the public regardless of experience. The Creative Writing workshops are delivered by Blue Balloon Theatre, who were nominated for a Saboteur Award for their Spoken Word events and are experienced in delivering accessible, inclusive and adapatable workshops across the North of England. The Acting Through Song masterclass are delivered by Royal Academy of Music graduate, and critcially acclaimed cabaret artist, Jas Nisic as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship recipient and vocal coach, Rebecca Phythian, to offer guidance on storytelling through song, vocal techniques and stage presence.

Artists receive mentorshop from Jas Nisic, who has performed and produced multi award nominated cabarets across the country as well as Musical Director, Tom Pieczora, who has worked with Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Exhange Theatre, The Arden and My Fair Lady UK Tour. Artists will showcase their sets at Sonata Piano & Cabaret Lounge

"The experience was one I’ll never forget! It brought up my confidence up so much that I’d lost over the years. Within four weeks I felt so comfortable, it truly was a night I’ll always remember" - Artist

So far we have delivered two schemes, This is the Place, a Mancunian cabaret for artists who are from Manchester, with a focus on artists from low-socioeconmic backgrounds and Queens of the Desert, a Queer cabaret, any artist who identifies as LGBTQA+. Both events went down a storm, and we will be seeking funding to continue the scheme next year. We produced a full length cabaret for a particpants of the scheme to be featured at the Greater Manchester Fringe, and was nominated for multiuple awards and was critically acclaimed, find out more here: Arisha's OK Cabaret.

“Fabulous evening, wonderful array of voices and an amazing cabaret to enjoy music and magnetism"- Audience Member

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