Come to the Radical Cabaret old chum

22 Feb 2013 @ 11.54 am
| Entertainment
Josiah Mortimer will be performing at the cabaret

A new show about to hit town promises to be an “entertaining, thought provoking, laugh out loud, society challenging, beer drinking, friends meeting, people dancing, world changing, great night out”. Something for everyone there…

It’s the Radical Cabaret, billed as an evening of entertaining subversion plus relatively cheap bar. “Following the success of the Luddite events we think that there is a real appetite for socially engaged entertainment out there,” said one of the York Social organisers, Pete Kilbane. “So we are putting on a Radical Cabaret featuring some of York’s finest left field artistes.”

Open to all, the event is part of RadStats 13 – the conference of radical statisticians gathering in York on Saturday.

Poet, singer/songwriter, comedian and tree impressionist Rory Motion will be bringing his unique way with words to the stage. Read his always entertaining blog and you’ll discover no end of interesting facts with which to amaze your friends, including the revelation that a microwave oven in Welsh is a “popty-ping”.

Reason Breeds Monsters, whose alternative Christmas song Santa, I’ve Been Good (So Bring Me A New Government) got some BBC airplay over the festive season, are playing at the Radical Cabaret too. The main songwriter Ben Young cites influences from Mali musicians to Jimi Hendrix. He’s also chair of York’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Fellow group member Ginevra House plays everything from the klezmer to the musical saw, and and is currently trying to establish herself as York’s leading funerary violinist.

Martin Riley entertains with his oral shenanigans while Josiah Mortimer, York University politics student, Green Party activist and tea addict will perform some of his songs. His acoustic EP, Bonfire Songs, features music inspired by modern protest, student life and, in March and In This Together, “the disturbing policies of this government”.


  • Radical Cabaret is at the Priory Street Centre, York, from 8pm on Saturday, February 23
  • Tickets cost £5 on the door. For more details go here