We love new stuff. We can't get enough of it. From gut-wrenching theatre to side-splitting comedy, melodic music to punchy poetry, and all those arty bits in between, we love seeing all the new and exciting things that fall out of those creative brains. But more often than not, the first stumbling block when making something new is getting it seen, finding out if it works, and finding people to help you make it.
Enter Rough Draft.
Put together by a handful of Leicester creatives, Rough Draft is a platform for artists to do just that. Once a month we hold our scratch nights, each artists getting fifteen minutes to share their work, be that script in hand or something more polished. We then chat with the audience, ask questions, get answers (or we have paper forms too).
Got something you want to share? Get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com.
When & Where
£15 - balcony
£25 - VIP cabaret (with a free glass of bubbly)
House of India Starr presents...
The Peacock Lounge Burlesque & Cabaret
Leicester's most decadent cabaret and burlesque experience is back for 2020 with our Spring Extravaganza!
Harking back to the traditions of variety in vaudeville and music hall, The Peacock Lounge is a sumptuous cabaret environment unique to the city's oldest surviving theatre.
The Y provides the perfect backdrop to a glittering soirée featuring award-winning burlesque and cabaret acts handpicked to captivate you; from the sublime and beautiful to the outrageous and downright ridiculous- this show will leave you feeling mesmerised and eager for our next instalment!
The Antipodean Temptress from Aotearoa New Zealand, Duchess is an exotic ecdysiast who has performed burlesque across Europe, USA, Indonesia, Australia & NZ.
Duchess appeared as a finalist in the inaugural Miss Burlesque UK competition, has been invited to appear at the New Orleans Burlesque festival every year since 2015 and has twice performed in the largest touring festival in the world, the Australian Burlesque Festival. Her most notable performance was at the Hateful 8 premiere, where she performed for legendary director Quentin Tarantino.
Evelyn is a shape-shifting showgirl. A little imp in disguise with a naughty sense of humour who recently won the title on Miss Burlesque UK.
Evelyn is a founding member of ‘The Bitten Peach', a Pan-Asian performance night in London featuring a stellar line-up of the UK's legendary queens, kings and creatures of the Far East.
CHI CHI REVOLVER
Chi Chi Revolver began her performing career in 1986 at the young age of 3 as Sparky the Dog in 'Ziz Ziz Kaboom!' Circus. As Chi Chi got older the sawdust in her veins turned to glitter and her first burlesque routine was a comedy magic strip tease in 2005. Since then she has been a regular on the cabaret and burlesque scene in performing, producing shows and teaching. She was one of the very first people in the country to combine hula hoop and burlesque performing a hula hoop strip tease and recently took part in the prestigious Burlesque Hall of Fame weekender in Las Vegas.
Chi Chi is a Guinness World Record holder for the world's fastest upside down hula hooper managing 112 rotations of a hula hoop in 1 minute while hanging upside down from a trapeze.
GOOD NESS GRACIOUS
Good Ness Gracious is an award-winning, international burlesque artist from London who brings boundless fun, sparkle and silliness to the stage. Her acts are full of comedy and her cheekiness is bound to charm the pants off you! With a broad range of characters from cute clown to singing vintage starlet to the tangerine dream himself, Ness does it all with a twinkle in her eye and her tongue firmly in cheek.
With a taste for Old Hollywood glamour fused with a mischievous modern edge, Ana is a neo- classical femme fatale specialising in gothic and ethereal burlesque. Benefitting from over 25 years of classical training in various dance styles, Ana combines her versatility as a dancer with her penchant of the theatrical to create breath-taking and innovative acts filled with an attention to detail which leave the audience captivated by her seductive storytelling.
Ana is found regularly performing and competing in Burlesque festivals across Europe.
THE DIVINE MISS EM as your host.
Miss Em is a compelling, sizzling performer who will transport you back to the charm and chutzpa of the golden age stars such as Judy Garland, Lucille Ball and Rita Hayworth. Delivering her songs with powerful vocals and fabulous wit. This irrepressible showgirl holds audiences in the palm of her hand whether it be charming them with wartime standards, belting out a rousing sing-along, teasing them with her sassy numbers or sending chills with beautiful torch songs.
"That Girl's got some pipes, and we can all see where she keeps them" Gene Simmons Kiss
It promises to be an unforgettable night!
We invite you to join in the atmosphere and feel like a star by dressing to impress in your best vintage and red carpet looks.
Choose a VIP ticket and be greeted with a glass of bubbly before arriving at your candle lit table where the show may just come to you!
We're risqué and not for the faint of heart; partial nudity, adult themes and strong language feature throughout. Over 18's only.
"A delightfully decadent soirée"- From Dusk 2 Dawn
"All of the acts were of the highest quality... easily the best burlesque I've ever been to" - Guest
"A very elegant, entertaining and exquisite night"- Guest
Please note line-up may change to circumstances beyond our control.
Due to the nature of the show running times are approximate.
Demon Theatre presents Disney’s High School Musical. Based on the hit 2006 film, this fun musical shows a Jock and a Brainiac from two different worlds, meet each other in a musical spectacular! Perfect for all the family.
Both 13:30 and 19:00 shows are available, select your time on the next page!
In the midst of a time of uncertainty, division and political unrest, a young woman wrestles with her own isolation and call to respond...…
WANTED explores the stories of 5 extraordinary ordinary women who share a passion for standing up for what is right! This powerful new play features an array of historical figures; Irena Sendler, who rescued more than 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto during the Nazi occupation; Olive Morris, British Black Panther and avid activist for women and squatters' rights; Phoolan Devi, the fearsome Bandit Queen, and a woman way ahead of her time, Dr James Barry.
WANTED is written and performed by Tonia Daley-Campbell, Therese Collins and Pamela Cole-Hudson; the trio wowed audiences in The Sistren and now return to the stage accompanied by two new talented performers to again explore how the past and present collide, played out in Gazebo's inimitable style; powerful drama littered with humour, honesty and heart.
‘We have to respond to what is happening. The only other option is to ignore it'
In Celebration & Recognition of Women's History Month 2020
Meet the Characters:
Miss Leicestershire's Got Talent & Miss England East Midlands Regional final 2020
The contestants in this year's event Miss Leicestershire and East Midlands heat will be taking part in an Ethical Fashion show, wearing outfits they have created themselves from recycled materials and raising funds for the Y Sponsor a House Campaign in the lead up to the contest.
The most talented contestants will get the chance to perform on the Y stage!
Doors Open:- 6.30pm
Show times:- 7.15pm - late
"What a sad business, being funny" - "Limelight" (1952)
For over 100 years, Charlie Chaplin has been the world's best-loved clown. His brilliant comic creation of "The Little Tramp" is the first and most recognisable cinematic icon in history. But his remarkable story of stardom and success has a darker side.
Raised in the horrific, grinding poverty of a Victorian slum, Charlie never knew the security of a stable family. Whilst his parents destroyed themselves with disastrous ambition and unshakeable vice, Charlie was thrown at the mercy of the workhouse. Desperate to escape his feral existence on the streets of South London, Charlie became captivated by the shining lights of vaudeville, and gradually began to see a way out.
Critically-acclaimed Arrows & Traps return with an examination of the relationship between experience and creativity, and invite you to discover how Chaplin spun personal tragedy into universal comedy, in a psychological exploration of one of the world's most remarkable lives.
This production is being produced with the full endorsement of the Chaplin Estate and the Chaplin Family.
£22 - Standard
£50 - Meet and Greet (this will be available as an upgrade in your basket)
Shaun William George Ryder (born 23 August 1962) is an English singer, songwriter, television personality and author. As the lead singer of the Happy Mondays he was a leading figure in the Madchester cultural scene in the late 1980s. In 1993 he formed another band, Black Grape.
Ryder was the runner-up of the tenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. The film 24 Hour Party People featured the story of Ryder's youth. Join Shaun as he discusses his life, career & the music industry.
You will also have the opportunity to ask Shaun a question.
Live music support act: No Conflict feat. Harrison Gent
Started on Livejournal back in 2006, Gothla UK, now in its 14th year is a dark and gothic fusion festival, based on Traditional, as well as Fusion Bellydance, but featuring alternative skills such as marital arts, hula hoop, poi, costume making, stage make up and other crafts.
We are proud to have built a community based on trust, diversity and inclusion and have hosted many teachers from around the globe to bring the very best and push the envelope!
Our classes range from beginners to professional standard, so there is something for every level, and we offer drumming and non-dance classes for partners and/or non-dancers.
The showcase on Friday night kicks off our weekend in style and has inspired many students for over a decade to work harder and smarter.
The open stage is an inclusive opportunity and safe environment for students to showcase their skill as well an opportunity for us to scout for up and coming talent.
We also have a souk displaying some of the UK’s finest Fusion Crafts; our Gothla UK fashion show is famous and a MUST; usually featuring items from the Pussy Tat stall in aid of the Cats Protection League.