Character Cabaret (10 weeks)

Character Cabaret is back by popular demand! Don’t miss out on this 10 week masterclass, ideal for those looking to hone their performing skills.

From: 21st May – 23rd July
Half term: 18th/25th June (tbc)
Showcase: 1st August
Time: 11am – 1pm
Venue: Cavendish Arms, Stockwell, London

Finger in the Pie are proud to announce the return of Character Cabaret, led by the inimitable Alexander Luttley (Pi the Mime). These courses will be ideal for performers and previous Finger in the Pie students looking to hone their skills even further.

Character Cabaret is a course for performers wanting to create cabaret routines based on three dimensional, physically distinctive and entertaining characters. Students should have previous experience of performance, though not necessarily within cabaret or physical theatre.

By experimenting with physicality, rhythms, timing and narrative, classically trained mime and physical theatre performer Pi the Mime will guide you through a course of exercises, challenges and inspirations to help you build a performance ready cabaret act. Expect clown, song, spoken word, character comedy, and of course mime! Graduates will then present these new acts at a public and industry showcase at The Soho Theatre at the beginning of August.


– An overview of the Cabaret industry in London today
– Experience in several exercises and tools with which to develop character
– An understanding of how to safely warm up
– A complete, personal, performance ready act
– How to communicate with an audience
– A showcase performance with industry attendees in the audience
– Professional performance photographs
– Professional performance video

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.” Winner of the 2015 Best New Talent Cwtch Award and shortlisted for Best Burlesque artist in the 2015 London Cabaret Awards, he performs in cabaret clubs and venues across the UK every week as a professional cabaret mime and in other guises.



The cost of this course includes 10 weeks of workshops and a public and industry showcase.

£360 Full, £220 Concession (see below for criteria)

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

Payment schemes are available to spread the cost of workshops, for those unable to cover the whole cost in one go, please email for more information.

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