Yesterday afternoon I went to my first Crafternoon Cabaret Club, which is organised by a lovely colleague of mine Hannah Cox (we work together at the Southbank Centre). The Crafternoon Cabaret Club is exactly what you'd imagine it to be - craft and cabaret - in my mind the perfect combination - such a genius idea. I'd been wanting to go for ages but its difficult at weekends once you have children (as many of you will know).
The club had its first event at the Hospital Club yesterday, which is a members' club in Covent Garden and hence felt very glamorous! It was £10 for a ticket and that included all the craft materials and the entertainment so very good value I thought. Yesterday's theme was presents made out of felt - so we could make phone covers or little bags etc. There was a suggestion to make animal themed covers/bags but I am not so keen on foxes and owls any more - I think I have been over-exposed perhaps. But of course many others loved the idea and made some beautiful woodland animal inspired presents!
For me the cabaret was the best bit - probably because it was novel (as I craft everyday). There were two brilliant and very different acts. The first act was The Kitchen Quartet who take a playful twist on folk songs and have such stunning voices. They did a cover of the Sister Suffergette song from Mary Poppins, which is one of my favourite Disney tracks ever so I was super pleased. The next act was the compere and musical comedian Mister Meredith, who my friends and I found hilarious but was quite risky and I think some of the other guests were not so sure how to take (or maybe they were just too carried away with crafting - difficult to tell).
If you haven't been before I'd really recommend going but do plan to spend time with whoever you go with before or after as there is not much room for chatting as you will be too busy crafting and listening to the brilliant acts!