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The People’s Cabaret

Venue: The Corn Hall
In 2021 we find ourselves living through times of unprecedented social, cultural and economic change. Well… almost unprecedented. Track back 90 years, and there are striking parallels to be drawn with Europe and America in the 1930s, when Populism was on the rise, and much of the world found itself in the midst of a Great Depression. 
 
Back then, composers and writers responded to their times in biting, satirical tone. The songs of Weill, Eisler, Spoliansky, Hollaender and Brecht ranted against racism, capitalism and oppression, until their authors were forced to flee the country, in fear for their lives. 
 
The songs written by these seminal artists are still regularly performed today, as illustrations of a past that must never be repeated, but where are the contemporary responses? 
 
Singer/writer Jessica Walker and composer Luke Styles hold a mirror up to the disturbing times we live in, and create a cutting-edge work for our age, integrating some of those great original numbers, with a brand new cycle of songs about discrimination, social inequality, freedom of expression, and the rise of fake news. 
 
Performers
Jessica Walker – Voice       
“A bewitching performer...” The New York Times on Jessica Walker
Ian Watson - Accordion 
 
“an anarchic tone in which the influences of Alban Berg and Kurt Weill fuse merrily.” The Independent on composer Luke Styles

Suitable for age 16 years + 
 
This event is part of the 2021 Norfolk & Norwich Festival and this year they are making the programme available on a Pay What You Want basis. It has been a difficult year for all, and with a Pay What You Want model, everyone will be able connect with a part of the Festival.
 
If you have access issues please contact the Box Office on 01379 652241 to complete your booking so we can ensure that your visit is as comfortable and safe as possible. Due to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements we have a limit on how many wheelchair spaces we can accommodate so these need to be reserved in advance.
“A bewitching performer...”
The New York Times on Jessica Walker
“an anarchic tone in which the influences of Alban Berg and Kurt Weill fuse merrily.”
The Independent on Luke Styles