17th - 21st of October 2022
WHITECHAPEL ARTS SHOWCASE
The Whitechapel Arts Showcase (WAS) returns for a second time after 2021’s sell-out debut. Featuring some of East London’s emerging stars, WAS has something for everyone - the first debut work in progress from award-nominated comedian Jodie Mitchell, improvised comedy workshop and show from sell-out group Shortbread (alumni of the Improverts, Edinburgh’s longest running troupe), storytelling show ‘A Fairie Tale’ from Niall Moorjani, minority focused stand-up comedy from Superbrown, and the Whitechapel Cabaret hosted by drag vegetable Carrot (creator of the Enbyshow).
About London Hospital Tavern:
The London Hospital Tavern, a family-run bar and venue, has served as a social space for all staff of The Royal London Hospital and the surrounding Whitechapel community for almost 150 years. From cocktails to cabaret, our aim is to provide a space for all to relax, unwind but most importantly, have a great laugh! Over the last few years, we have placed a wider emphasis on supporting London’s many creative scenes through opening our venue to artists of all sizes and disciplines. We work with musicians, actors, storytellers, clowns, DJs, drag artists, comedians - anyone with a vision and good time in mind. We are delighted to offer our venue as a space for creativity and expression for performers and our guests, so are proud to invite you to book a ticket for our events at The Whitechapel Arts Showcase to laugh together, cheer together and be together.
About Pillowtalk Theatre:
PillowTalk Theatre makes work for page, stage and communities that breaks rules, makes a mess and stands out. Our work is rooted in storytelling, improvisation and anarchic clown. We ran the cult-hit sell-out The Wonder Jam at Edinburgh Fringe 2019, and the Whitechapel Arts Showcase 2021 - showcasing the best in East London's emerging theatre, comedy and cabaret. We run Shortbread Improv and Criminally Untrue: an improvised true crime documentary. We regularly run workshops for all sorts of people on improvisation including recently for Stanley Arts, Southwark Libraries and the BBC.
Our Press Release
Whitechapel Cultural Mile
Here at the showcase we have a dream of growing this week of entertainment to a point where we can stretch from Genesis Theatre all the way to The Whitechapel gallery, two giants of the East End cultural scene, what better bookends to a mile littered with spaces that could showcase the best and brightest talents in live entertainment this side of the Tower of London.
Still getting our grips with running a week of shows, we intend to grow gradually increasing our reach and capacity of venues until we can complete the mile and become one of London must visit events, If you have any advice, offer of help or interest feel free to email us at: WhitechapelArtShowcase@gmail.com
Our Showcase Poster
We released our poster around 6 weeks before the shows, posting them physical across the local area and digitally throughout multiple social medias.
We also try to keep a similar design language regarding all of the day posters so they can be recognised as part of the same showcase.
Kick off with Jodie
Prince of accessible content and OFFIE Award winning "brilliant... a natural comic" (The Guardian). John Travulva critiques his best known tick-box character: queer, non-binary, neurodiverse class-straddler Jodie Mitchell.
Tuesday night storytelling
The show is set to live music from the fantastic Diana Redgrave, expect strangeness, sexy fairies and swearing in an evening, weird wildness, which puts storytelling back into the world of the adult.
An Asian and minority ethnic group comedy night, aimed at developing comedy identities and to steer away from low hanging fruit. A generous collection of comedians centred around this concept pulls a unique twist to East London’s comedy scene, in an intimate venue to create a night not to be missed!
A little bit about the showcase
A five day Arts Showcase designed by and for early careers artists from a wide range of creative disciplines across London's artistic scenes.
It brings new and diverse East London artists for shows and workshops that centre joyful interactive live art in a relaxed, accessible pub environment. After a booming success last year, London Hospital Tavern and PillowTalk Theatre have again joined forces to create a week long programme filled with storytelling, drag, comedy and more within Whitechapel's funniest venue.
Monday - Stand Up
Friday - Cabaret
Wednesday - Improv
Thursday - Stand up
Acts - and their handles
The people who made it happen.
Lorna Rose Treen
Fatiah El Ghorri
Molly Beth Morossa
People behind the scenes
Lorna Rose Treen
The staff of the London Hospital Tavern, PillowTalk Theatre, Will Hughes, Evi Hall.
Comedy Improv Wednesday
One hour of completely improvised mayhem based entirely on your suggestions. We can't write a description for this, that's your job on the night!
Whitechapel Cabaret Finale!
The infamous Whitechapel Cabaret returns! A riotous evening of fun from some of the circuit’s best cabaret artists. Hosted by Carrot, come one, come all! Since you've made it this far, we'll let you in on a secret. After our fun-filled evening with London's most exciting variety acts, we're having a party! Free admission is included with Cabaret tickets, so join us for a late night with laughs, drinks deals and silliness all around.
Monday 17th of October - Jodie did a 1 hour work in progress stand up show, as seen on Comedy Central Live.
Friday 21st of October - Jaw dropping talent from around London brought together by the sensational drag vegetable. MC Carrot and guests!
Thursday 20th of October - A classic stand up show based around highlighting minority comedians, be warned if you make any low hanging fruit jokes, you might get hit with a giant flip flop!
Tuesday 18th of October - a brand new and original piece of storytelling, set to live music, they explore race and gender identities.
Wednesday 19th of October - A group of wonderfully talented entertainers, "It's ridiculous and ridiculously funny" EdFringe Review.