Good For A Laugh: Six Upcoming London Charity Cabaret Events

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Good For A Laugh: Six Upcoming London Charity Cabaret Events

If you want to support a good cause while being entertained by top cabaret talent, you are completely spoiled for choice over the next seven days.

Thursday: the compere's compere Dusty Limits hosts a boylesque evening at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (£10) in aid of the Albert Kennedy Trust which helps LGBT young people in crisis. As well as songs from Dusty, there will be hunks aplenty stripping and strolling around in underwear which will later be auctioned off for charity before the disco kicks in at 10pm.

Friday: Night Of The Senses hold their 24th Anniversary Charity Ball at Electrowerkz (£37.50-£75). Called "the Glastonbury of sex" by Turner Prize-winning sculptor Grayson Perry, the Ball raises funds for Outsiders Trust, a charity set up to help disabled people find sexual partners. This year's theme is "The Triumph of Sex in a Hostile World". The entertainment kicks off with The Erotic Awards presentation and continues until 6am with music, cabaret, female wrestling and a Pagan Orgasm Spiral Rite.

Sunday: Filling the coffers of the Japanese Red Cross will be two themed events today and tomorrow. Yujo Enkai at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club (£10) has an afternoon session with bingo, yoga, dance and children's shows followed by an evening of cabaret, comedy and music.

Monday: There's double-bubble delight tonight with two excellent options available.

In conjunction with Sunday's event, KYABARE - For The People Of Japan at the Bush Theatre (£10-£15) will be bringing together a fantastic lineup of burlesque (Kiki Kaboom, Laurie Hagen and Kitty Bang Bang), cabaret (Sarah-Louise Young, Tricity Vogue and Dusty Limits) plus music from Holly Penfield and special guests The Correspondents.

The James Whale Fund is holding a Comedy Night at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue (£15-£27) raising money to research and raise awareness of kidney cancer. Alongside Jimeoin, Chris Cox, Josh Widdicombe et al will be cabaret superstar and leader of the Iraq Pack Frank Sanazi, a crooner who makes James Whale look like Thora Hird.

Tuesday: After Lewisham schoolboy Jimmy Mizen was murdered in 2008, The Jimmy Mizen Foundation was set up by his parents. Last November, they opened a community coffee shop and tonight EastEnd Cabaret will be there (£3). These sultry sirens rocked Alternative Eurovision last week with their entry Stand Up And Touch Yourself and are one of the unmissables of 2011.

Looking ahead, South London community organisation Boldville will be holding an adults-only fundraising Revue at the Telegraph Hill Centre (£10-£20) on Saturday 4 June. Expect opera, cabaret, poetry, belly dancers and more.


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Last Updated 18 May 2011