Cabaret and Burlesque Workshop

Ever been curious about the cabaret? Does the idea of burlesque entice you? Ever seen a tease that has left you thinking ‘I wish that were me up there’!?

Welcome to the Finger in the Pie Cabaret and Burlesque course with tutor Pi the Mime. Combining various performance styles in a cabaret structure, the course lets you explore your cabaret fantasies and don your tassels. Then, upon course completion, take to the spotlight in a London showcase at a recognised and celebrated Cabaret venue and event.

Pi the Mime approaches the art of Burlesque and the Cabaret world from a theatre and physical performance perspective. The course embraces and incorporates many artistic disciplines, exploring the combination of movement, voice and character. Create your own persona, your own sketch and, with guidance and mentoring, learn to work with burlesque as a means of enhancing your performance.

Pi the Mime is the winner of a 2015 Inspiring People in Cabaret Award: “He inspires his students to see beyond the strip and realise a wonderful array of personas. His showcase last year was full of potential future stars who largely eschewed the standard gown-and-glove shtick for nuanced and intelligent characterisations.”

This course is recommended for those with some performance experience, but not necessarily cabaret performers, ie those who have experience in acting, singing, dancing, comedy, clown, circus etc. Please see our beginners course for those totally new to performing.

Learning outcomes: 

– An understanding of various forms of burlesque and the Cabaret circuit
– To be comfortable with performing in this style, and have discovered an individual way of working with this manner of performance
– How to combine other skills with burlesque and Cabaret
– To create and develop a cabaret sketch and personal
– To perform this act at Finger in the Pie Cabaret

Why this Burlesque/Cabaret course?

As opposed to being taught a fixed choreography or imitating an existing routine, this course draws inspiration from many sources. It looks at ways in which you can create cabaret and communicate with an audience through this art form. The course will provide you with the tools and skills you as an individual need in the cabaret world.


8 workshops and showcase cost £360 / £220 (concs).

Concessions are offered for students, members of equity, unemployed, income support and disabled – feel free to contact us if you would like to enquire as to whether we offer a concession for your circumstances

To secure your place please send us your £30 deposit using the form below. The remaining balance can then be paid by cheque or bank transfer – we’ll email you an invoice.

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