Saturday 1st May 2021 7.30pm onwards
The world’s first Menopause Cabaret at the world’s only Menopause Festival! Hosted by Queen Mistress of Ceremonies and founder of Silver Sisters facebook phenomenon, Elspeth Murray, FlushFest Cabaret features a sizzling lineup of performers: seasoned and sparkling singer songwriters, theatre makers, comedians, storytellers and spoken word performers.
Be captivated by Karine Polwart, BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer Of The Year 2018. Karine is a multi-award winning Scottish songwriter and musician, as well as theatre-maker, storyteller, spoken-word performer and author. Her songs combine folk influences and myth with themes as diverse as Donald Trump’s corporate megalomania, Charles Darwin’s family life and the complexities of modern parenthood.
She sings traditional songs too and writes to commission for film, theatre, animation and thematic collaborative projects. Karine is seven-times winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including three times for Best Original Song.
“Whatever the song, Polwart’s vocals … tease out underlying themes of resilience and resistance”Neil Spencer The Guardian
Be mesmerised by Kath Burlinson, theatre maker, director and founder of the Authentic Artist Collective who will present highlights from her solo show InVisible Lines, an intimate, daring odyssey to menopause and beyond.
“A magical mix of wit and lyricism…beautiful…wicked….gorgeous…like a life-affirmation…delivered with a degree of artistry that makes it more than enjoyable”Joyce McMillan Scotsman
Be dazzled by Christine Sparks, singer, songwriter, performer whose commitment to express her experience of this one, wild, precious life has touched audiences for decades, from real life theatres, clubs and stadiums to virtual kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms.
Be entertained by Sophie Bancroft, sought-after jazz singer and songwriter, with songs featured on US hit show ‘Six Feet Under’ and whose distinguished creative writing sits comfortably alongside her bright, engaging and sophisticated musicianship.
Be moved by Odhran Thomson, poet and prize winning public speaker (a guest at the Palace of Westminster as part of Scotland’s top debating team in 2018) whose journey into menopause has coincided with his burden of exam revision and teenage transgender experience.
Be astonished by Rachel Amey, poet and spoken word performer who lights up live and online audiences alike. Rachel won the inaugural poetry slams for both the National Library of Scotland and Luminate Festival, and was a finalist at the Scottish Nationals and BBC Fringe slam. She performs her resonant, insightful work with powerfully grounded presence.
Be wowed by Jenny Lindsay, writer and performer of spoken word poetry and literary poetry whose fiercely intelligent and moving collection This Script invites us to question the schisms in our ‘isms’, the relationship between the individual and the collective, and ageing in our gendered world.
“Defiant. Eloquent. Inspiring.”Scotsman
Be awed by Kat Lyons, poet and spoken word theatre artist presenting extracts from their show Dry Season, an intimate, honest journey through premature menopause that uses their experience to question societal ideas of age and gender, and breaks the silence surrounding the less-than-glamorous side effects of ‘the change’.
Be lured into LOLs by writer, actor and comedian Lubna Kerr whose debut show ‘The Asian Ellen de Generes’ premiered at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival while her new solo show ‘Where are You Really From?’ has toured across the UK. Lubna’s acting credits cover stage (Still Game), screen (Moon Dogs) and TV (BBC’s Two Doors Down, Armchair Detectives, Scot Squad). With a talent for character comedy, her characters play on Asian stereotypes and carry a rich Scottish sense of humour.
And as the marvellously mature cabaret cauldron of hormones bubbles, expect to be beguiled, enthralled, amused, enlivened, inspired and charmed by musicians singing live from their home studios, a crowd-sourced, virtual choir with material composed specially for FlushFest making this a highlight of the world’s only menopause festival and a cabaret night not to miss!