UK Cabaret were present to review an excellent showcase evening, staged at a hotel venue right on the North Wales border, between Chester and Wrexham. A full review can be found right here in this issue. I am delighted to report that Showcase Productions event at The Viva in Blackpool and Curtains Up showcase in Southend-On-Sea are both set to repeat their respective events next year. In addition, Showcase Productions are following their success last year at Stratford Upon Avon, with a second showcase in the land of Shakespeare in February (see back cover for details).
We are pleased to welcome Chris Tucker as our latest senior contributor to UK Cabaret. Chris will be writing about cabaret and live events on the east coast of England. We have the home counties covered by Johnny Tait and the South East presided over by Vicky Bailey. The Fylde Coast and Blackpool is watched over by Vicci Lucas and we have a Central London presence with Catherine Usher. We now look to finding a South West of England representative, as well as contributors to write about North and South Wales, the North East of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. If you think you can do a job for us, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Talks between the Entertainment Agents Association GB Ltd and UK Cabaret have now been finalised. For the foreseeable future, the association will now sponsor our agent’s directory. Entries in the directory will indicate which agents who subscribe to UK Cabaret are association members. We are striving for a close working relationship between our publication and the London based association. After consultation with association officials Bob James and Phil Barrett, we are delighted to have gained the valuable support of this long-established trade body.
We are now exploring the possibility of involving Equity in our UK Cabaret regular coverage. We are currently making overtures, through the good offices of a well-known Equity official and we are hopeful of a development in this area pretty soon.
We are delighted to have been part of the campaign for the knighthood of Ken Dodd. Sir Ken is now a knight of the realm and in our view, he remains the King of Comedy.