G4P Comedy and Cabaret on Battersea Barge

Let's do something different and spend a night of comedy on Battersea Barge on the Thames. And don't worry if your sea sick - it's permanently moored.

This is the first and only one this year. Then It's back in February. Some of you came to the Dating event I organised and loved it so much that a lot of them are coming back to this for more hosted fun.

Monthly London variety night featuring an unexpected combination of cabaret acts, burlesque performers, comedy, stand-up, musical theatre, magic and the occasional foot-juggler

Each month host Cara Cummings introduces 10 variety entertainers all battling it out to win audience votes and the coveted Cheese 'N' Crackers Platter.

Hosted at the Battersea Barge since 2004, Cheese ’n’ Crackers is a longstanding mixed cabaret comedy talent show. Ten contestants or so vie every month for the eponymous prize, duly delivered in a platter. An affable and diverse affair, the show doesn’t take itself too seriously – which is not to say there isn’t some serious talent on show. The wide variety of quality acts ensures it still attracts a large, appreciative and good-humoured crowd after eight years running.

You have to buy tickets - Only £10 from www.g4p.co.uk/g4p_comedy or if you confirm your place then you can pay on the door. But a ticket makes life so much easier!!


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  • Christopher Phillip D.

    I would say it was awesome because I hosted it ! But, Honestly, I have not laughed so much in long while! And I thought I knew the attendees a long time! We had such a laugh!

    November 8, 2013

  • John G

    thanks for the speedy replies and telling us more about yourself. I can't make tonight, already another event am at but def. interested in more cabaret/comedy/burlesque events in future for the group (the wife might come to those sort of events too, more keen than for our usual bar meets I think).

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Christopher Phillip D.

    After all, that is what we are about - social networking right? I do believe in working 'with' and not 'against or exclusive' to anyone. Those are old order rules of competition and I don't fit squarely into that way of life. Not at all. :-) I hope I have answered all your questions / concerns. And if there is anything I can do for you and your network then please do let me know. Hope to see you soon.

    November 6, 2013

  • Christopher Phillip D.

    I know that the comedy was a bit short notice but I only just came across you guys and I wasn't going to push this evening at all as I was in two minds about it. But after the response I got at the last event last week I decided to roll with it and I have 6 people confirmed already. So I thought 'what the hell' throw it up there and see what happens? I do intend on attending other social events but at the moment I am unemployed and have been for a while which is why I started working on my social network, so I can not really afford to attend any (cant even afford a coffee right now) - only host. But hopefully, if I get the job I am applying for then that will all change very soon. I do hope that you might come along to one of mine to really check me out and see what I do. Maybe we can even work together on some things if you like?

    November 6, 2013

  • Christopher Phillip D.

    I am very open and inclusive. There is no one excluded from what I try to do. I am gay and my sister is a lesbian and we love doing things together so bridging the gap between LGBT's is something I feel passionate about. I seek to attract all LGBT people and provide great day/evening out. I am at every event to host it, and where I can I drag others to help me host. I also encourage those that come to get involved and co-host events with me. I meet and greet people, introduce everyone and keep the conversation going making sure no one is left out or feeling nervous. No one ever leaves unhappy or having not connected with someone. And that makes me very happy.

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • Christopher Phillip D.

    Hi there John.

    Thank you so much for your comments. And for not judging before talking. I have been hosting events for the past year and co-hosting a dating event for the past two months. That co-host introduced me to Meet-Up and in particular the Gay Mates group. So we put the event in their group and it proved to be VERY popular amongst them and they are very keen to come to more of my events. I noticed that a lot of them were also members your group so I thought I would join to and run some things by you guys. A bit about me - I work alone (apart from on the Dating event)and I organise two to three social networking activities every month 'Beyond the Bars'. So usually involves an activity that most people would not normally do. Its mostly off the scene around London but I seek to work with the scene where I can to promote my network.

    November 6, 2013

  • John G

    Some extra notes..

    I also notice you posted the same event to other group(s?) eg. Gay Mates, what sort of atmosphere will it be/are you expecting? Some of our group enjoy the traditional gay-scene atmosphere but many others prefer more regular venues and to be in a mixed crowd - or some are even particularly against hanging out on the gay scene. Would appreciate some further comment on what sort of crowd you expect, if you can.

    Will we be seeing you at any of our other events coming up as you're such new members posting this event (people feel happier to trust if they've met organisers before/if they've already organised events)?

    Good luck with it, I think cabaret is a very (recently)popular style and know that some in the group are interested in something like that, or at least some more comedy.

    November 6, 2013

    • John G

      PS about 2 weeks notice is better for events, 1 week is the minimum really for everyone to have a chance to plan for it and to expect much turnout from us.. So don't expect that much from us with just a day or two really (especially that its not free).

      November 6, 2013

  • John G

    Chris - first - a couple of Qs it would be great if you could answer:

    What was the dating event you organised that some from the group came to? Would be good to mention it to show you're more genuinely here as part of the group, we have had other commercial events posted here and 'forced' into a real event using fresh accounts that felt a bit like spam before and I dislike that. It gets me tempted to cancel and block if its too overt or the wrong sort of event for us. Talk more directly to group organisers (ie. me here) and help us out, be honest and work with the community!

    Secondly, it seems like a free for all event; in hosting, are you going to be around and easily findable by our members, and to help them meet folk/introduce them (as I would do)?

    November 6, 2013

  • Christopher Phillip D.

    I am hosting this night. It's the first one - and last for this year. I hope to meet some new faces. It does make life easier if you get a ticket from www.g4p.co.uk/tickets
    but if you confirm then you can pay on the door. It's only £10 and I'll buy the first drink :-) See you Thursday! Chris

    November 5, 2013

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