Interview with Fancy Chance

The Little Death Club arrives at the Southbank’s Underbelly Festival this April. I recently caught up with “hair-hanging supremo” Fancy Chance to find out more about the cabaret and what audiences can expect.

Can you tell me more about the Little Death Club? How did the show come about?
Little Death Club is the darkest, funniest most debauched kabarett club this side of Berlin. It started as a late night lock in where Bernie would invite all her most infamous friends to come, prop up the bar with her and perform their most outrageous material, things they weren’t allowed to perform anywhere else. Then it grew into a touring family of punks, freaks and weirdos, complete with four-piece Weimar Punk jazz band ‘The Vier’. It is the most fun you will have in a Spiegeltent.

What other acts will be featured in the show?
It is hosted by the Queen of Weimar punk Kabarett Bernie Dieter, but we also have gender bending contortionist Beau Sargent, Myra DuBois (the songbird of South Yorkshire), pissed off French master mime Le Mim Tipi, and the whiskey soaked bad ass of burlesque Kitty Bang Bang.

What can audiences expect from the Little Death Club?
Non-binary extraordinary.

How does it feel to be performing at the Underbelly Festival Southbank?
I love, love, love it! I’ve done so many in the past and it feels like coming back to my favourite place for work AND it’s during a London summer. It’s also amazing to collaborate to make what I’ve created and love doing enhance and already kick-ass show. I just have to avoid the post show waffles….. mmmm. Waffles.

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and when you first started performing?
I’ve been doing variety/cabaret for over two decades but when I moved here 15 years ago, London really showed me what I was capable of and provided opportunity and then oddly, a career. When I inserted myself in the scene here, neo-burlesque was a fun whisper of a dress up party and a bunch of beautiful weirdos having a blast and then from that heady mixture all sorts of performance families emerged and I ended up hanging by my hair in a theatre sideshow. It all gets weirder from there.

What makes your act different from other cabaret acts?
I hang by my hair, I am the smallest and best drag king Prince, I can twirl tassels 9 different ways while making people spray beer in their faces because they laughed whilst drinking.

If you could sum up the Little Death Club in three words, what would they be?
Ridiculously profound entertainment.

The Little Death Club is playing at the Underbelly Festival Southbank from Thursday 18 April – Sunday 23 June.

Photo credit: Bogdan Cap

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