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The Village Butty - a floating community hall
Hackney Wick, by Moo Canoes' Milk Float/ Olympic Park, River Lea, London, United Kingdom
All aboard the Village Butty for BARGERALLA! A night of comedy, poetry, song, flamenco and silliness at London's only floating female vaudeville show.
Hosted by Michelle Madsen
The rapping barista
Jasmin Scanlon-Carling plays McXs, a fly Mc and barista, does only two things — make coffee and rap.
Michelle Madsen — You're all late and Melanie is furious — character comedy and boaty, spidery poetry… see more michellemadsenpoet.com
Charmaine is a singer/songwriter and theatre maker with 10 years of music making under her belt. Once front person of heavy soul outfit Mootzoot, she now performs solo as alter ego Scarlet Shambles in cabaret and theatre, as well as just her self.
Helen Brice and the Bulgarian Women's Choir
Sam Que and Yumi Whyte
Sam and Yumi rock da barge with a live improvisation of flamenco rhythm and dance. Please hold onto the sides!
Sam Quy is a freelance physical theatre/ dance artist, tutor, choreographer and new London Boatwoman!
She is a child scholar of Royal Academy of Dancing, London Contemporary, and Musical Theatre, graduating with MA Dance distinction and PGCE.
Sam danced professionally from the age of eleven in many theatrical contexts and over the past decade in productions at the Royal Opera House and London's flamenco scene.
She is the flamenco dancer in BBC Strictly Come Dancing and author of Reading Dance in the Musical.
Sam has spent the last half hour locating a shower bilge pump but cannot find a filter! 🤔
Yumi Whyte happened to be bitten by a flamenco bug in 2002 in a class with Gabriella Rajel and has never recovered since. She's currently a committee member of the Peña Flamenca de Londres.
In Tokyo she's been trained by an award-winning bailaora Eiko Takahashi, and had a chance to learn from legendary Angelita Vargas. She has continued her study in London with local artists/teachers such as Maribel La Manchega, Carmela Romero, Betty Cid and Lola Rueda.
Her list of influential teachers also includes Gemma de la Cruz, Inmaculada Ortega, Ángel Muñoz, Cristian Lozano, Victor Herenandez, David Coria, Ana Morales, to name but a few.
As well as flamenco she's also been studying other types of Spanish Dance under the supervision of Conchita del Campo and many guest teachers invited by Spanish Dance Society UK.
Studying Cajon with Demi Garcia Sabat, Paco Vega, Ayoze De Alejandro Lopez, she's also a keen learner of guitar and cante.
She's performed in several Spanish restaurants, event venues, local festivals in the UK and Spain, while occasionally collaborating with other genres of music including electronica.
Kate is a writer, performer and general boatwoman – came to London in 2013 to do an MA in writing for performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and seems not to have left. Mostly because of the wonderful boat wimmin of London.
She’s been performing solo plays, often based on canal history, since 2000. Most recently she’s been out on tour with Worcestershire poet and musician Heather Wastie recreating the journey the wartime women trainees worked and telling their stories in the show ‘Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways’.
By way of a change she’s going to share an excerpt from her dramatisation of the waterways classic ‘Ramlin Rose’. It’s 1916 and 16 year old Rose Mellor has just met her future husband at Banbury Fair
Delia Remy — Delia is a brilliant writer and performer… she will be reading from her new translation of Stabat Mater.
A woman alone on stage. Speaking in the name of all women. Against war. A poetic call for peace. Absolute peace. So she speaks directly to men, as they are potential war gods. This piece was written in 1986 during the Lebanese civil war and hauntingly still resonates with the current world order.
The closest station is Hackney Wick (3 minutes on foot). Turning left from the station, then left onto White Post Lane, you should see The Milk Float and The Village Butty on your right hand side as you reach the canal. The nearest postcode is E9 5EN.