Phantasmagoria Cabaret

Saturday 22 July | 20:00

Phantasmagoria Cabaret is an unashamed celebration of theatre and comedy, which examines the issue of flitting between the real and inauthentic self.  Questions are asked of the id, the ego and the super-ego. Such as ‘Being wrong is right?’, ‘Being racist is wrong’ and ‘Urinating in the street is wrong, no?’….

Patrizia Paolini and the three gorgeous girls of Jesus Paolini Park, plus guest artists of remarkable caliber make Phantasmagoria cabaret a highly engaging and original experience, in their third appearance at Hoxton Hall.

“The variety in this show is impressive… excellent and bold performances” Four Stars, The Reviews Hub

Images by Daniele De Paola


Phatasmagoria Cabaret 22 July with feature special guests including:

Paul Foot

“I was born in Amersham in Buckinghamshire at an early age. Initially, I was unable to fend for myself. I could not work out how to walk or even say words. Luckily, a kind lady and gentleman took me home from the hospital.

My mother taught me to speak nicely and talk about the weather. My dad mainly used to cook a pie. It wouldn’t always go right. Quite often he would drop the pie on the floor. “I’ve dropped the pie on the floor!” he would shout. That’s what he’s like, because he doesn’t use oven gloves.

Later I became a teenager, and decided to have a go at stand-up comedy in a little bar. I did not have any jokes. So I just made up stuff like, “Can anyone here name a fruit? A peach, madam? Personally, I prefer a pineapple.”

Amazingly, it went well, due to comic timing, stage presence and luck and I resolved on the spot to become a professional entertainer.

17 years later, I became an overnight success.” Paul Foot

Julian Fox

Returning to Phantasmagoria Cabaret, Julian Fox has made five one-man shows. A Slackers Opera, a 15 minute collage of his songs, poems, drawings and a dance routine, was subsequently performed in the Pit at the Barbican Centre. Rebranding Mr God, featured a large drawing of Tom Cruise and some lights from Habitat, and was nominated by The Guardian for their Alternative Perrier Awards. Goodbye Seattle Coffee Company, was partly inspired by his love of the now-defunct coffee company and also a eulogy to ‘Maria’, his toast-loving ex-flatmate. New Spaces for Role Models, was a tribute to his childhood love of Gatwick Airport, as well as an exploration of his Jewishness. The Daily Telegraph described it as: ‘starved of the oxygen of excitement, my mind was on autopilot and I was, frankly, miles away’. You’ve Got to Love Dancing to Stick to It, a piece about a Summer spent at South London’s Brockwell Lido, followed.

Javier Costales

“Javier Costales performs an accomplished set: his musings on whistling noses, interplanetary linguistics, onanism and oral sex follow on seamlessly as he treats us to some well thought out and entertaining material.” Broadway Baby

“Surreal flights of fancy and punchlines that spring up from the most unlikely of places. It’s the ramblings of a unique comedic mind” Tickled Pig

Spoken Word Snail 

Spoken Word Snail is here to bridge the gap between snails and humans, performing poetry and stories about a snail’s experiences and observations.

“Insightful and educational”