Cabaret with a twist (or should that be pinch) coming to South Normanton and Clay Cross

A man inside a giant balloon, the UK’s fastest magician and a juggler that juggles with almost anything, together with some tasty grub and the choice of how much to pay for a ticket is the essence of two new events coming to South Normanton and Clay Cross at the end of October and beginning of November, hoping to bring local people together to shape some of the cultural happenings in their communities.

At the Sunday Roast Cabaret at The Post Mill Centre in South Normanton on 27 October guests will enjoy the line-up of performances over a two-course lunch. In Clay Cross on Friday 1 November First Art is serving up a curry night with a difference with a Cabaret Curry Night at Clay Cross Social Centre

Tickets to the events are on a ‘Pay What You Decide’ basis, so there is no upfront cost, instead those attending pay what they think the event was worth at the end.

Organised by First Art - a Creative People and Places programme, funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council England - in conjunction with one of their key partners, Junction Arts, the cabaret events will kick start a series of get-togethers in these communities.

Karl Greenwood, First Art’s Director, said:

“We want to bring local people together to give them a taste of some of the fun cultural things that can happen in their community.

“At these first events we’re looking to inspire people to become part of these regular gatherings where we’ll support them every step of the way to develop amazing events and projects in their community.

“We know that there are some already active groups and events, but this is about bringing some things to places that might never have happened before.

“By offering these events as ‘Pay What You Decide’ we hope we are able to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. We are looking to create opportunities where all members of the community can come together and enjoy something, without being put off by the ticket price.”

The acts at both events include Joel Dickinson, who holds the record of the UK’s fastest magician, Bruce Airhead who amazes onlookers as he disappears into a giant balloon, and Sam Veale, who juggles with an absurd array of props to create a unique mix of verbal comedy and visual spectacle. Both events will be hosted by compere extraordinaire, Dave Chameleon, another multi-talented artist who will also perform. 

Tickets for the Sunday Roast Cabaret are available at and the Cabaret Curry Night at Alternatively, tickets can be booked in person at the venues themselves. Both events are suitable for all ages, although the Curry Night, due to times, may be a better suited to older audiences.

A taste of the cabaret line-up can be viewed at

First Art is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and is part of its Creative People and Places programme. The project works across North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire to help more people to experience and shape extraordinary cultural events.


First Art is led by Creswell Heritage Trust at Creswell Crags in partnership, City Arts, Junction Arts, The Prince’s Trust, and Ault Hucknall Environment Action Group.

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