The Beyond UKIP Cabaret
The Beyond UKIP Cabaret were a troop of Roma activists, Lebanese dancers, Muslims, Jews, Atheists and a gay Welsh donkey. The cabaret was performed at the Beyond UKIP Cabaret in Downe, Kent at Nigel Farage’s local pub. Together, they attempted to show Farage that diversity is not something to be afraid of. Following spin from UKIP they gained the attention of mainstream press and right-wing paramilitary group Britain First, who a week later locked us all in a community centre.
The UKIPPERS Swing Duo
Performing at the cabaret Ray Malone created a swing dance routine, highlighting the absurdity of archaic gender roles championed by right wing political groups such as UKIP. Dancing alongside Ray Malone, the role of Nigel Facade was performed by drag king performer Milly Harding.
‘Scum’ Nigel Farage
‘Leftwing cretins’ Britain First
“Nigel is a constructed façade, he appears quintessentially British; rustic and tolerant. But that front conceals a vicious bigotry.” Ray Malone Open Democracy
“if we can’t come to accept each other, if we can’t have queers, HIV-positive people, Muslims, Jews, Christians and people of any beliefs or none, and migrants or any identities, dabke-dancing together, in a pub, then it’s not my revolution.”
Ewa Jawiewicz Red Pepper
“an occasion of pure love” The Guardian
Britain First ‘acting like Ukip henchmen’ The Independent
Far Right Express
Following the cabaret the Far Right Express was developed. Ray Malone teamed up with singer, songwriter Jonny Abrams to stage songs about the growing right wing populist ideology in Europe, and ‘Ostentatious’ breast-feedings mothers. The ‘Far Right Express’ performed at the Arcola Bar, The Lucky Pig in Fitzrovia and ‘Not Suitable for Work’ at The Glory.
‘Pure, unexpected class’ QX Magazine
Cast & Crew
Nigel Farage: Camilla Harding
Nigel Far Right: Jonny Abrams
Vocal support: Lucie Regan
Choreography: Astrid Schepers
Wig Design: Cairo Harris
Photography: Mike Kear and Ray Malone