Open Arts Café, January 26th, ‘Breaking Point’


To begin with, I have some news to share about Open Arts Café.

Open Arts Café will have its last hurrah on March 9th.

‘Who Run the World’ will be a grand finale of sorts, making January 26th the penultimate show. I think ‘penultimate’ is a great word, so despite my sad feelings at letting it go, I’m thrilled I get to use that word many times in the next few weeks.

I am not saying goodbye to OAC forever. It will be like an enchanted sleep, and I may one day kiss it back to life. But for now, you have January 26th and March 9th to say goodnight.

The theme on January 26th is ‘Breaking Point’…here is what to expect!


Curmiah Lisette is a St. Lucian/British poet who creates work that voices the Caribbean/Black British female narrative. She is returning to us with a set that includes a new poem called Silence Final – a collaboration with the founder of an organisation called ‘Not Asking For It’ which is a campaign geared at breaking the culture of victim blaming, abuse against women and children and rape.


Faceache Theatre is a grassroots theatre group of graduates from East 15 drama school. They approached me with a new project they are devising called Knipe Point, about the abstract landscape artist Kane Cunningham and a particular project he once worked on that brought him to a mental breaking point. I am looking forward to seeing an excerpt of what they have created – it sounds strange and wonderful.

Owen Shiers is a Welsh singer of Welsh folk songs and songwriter.  He will be playing a mixture of traditional folk (in Welsh) and some original songs. His own songs offer social commentary, and he has a wealth of knowledge of the Welsh tradition.


At the interval, after picking up your wine and snacks, you’ll visit the exhibit by Natalia Carata and Sophia Platts-Palmer.


Natalia Carata is a Transylvanian painter, living in London. Her abstract acrylic paintings are a “conversation between her subconscious and her emotions”. They are full of vibrant colour.

Sophia Platts-Palmer is a London based artist/illustrator. She is showing a series of illustrations dealing with womanhood, identity, mental health and breaking points.


Paul Duncan McGarrity is joining us again after nearly 2 years. Comedian and archeologist, his take on breaking points has the weight of all of history. I’m thrilled he is returning to perform for us!


Carlo Jacucci, clown extraordinaire known at Vitamin, is back at Open Arts Café with some brand new work for his new show ‘Vitamin: My Cousin ’. In his words: “This episode is a breaking point for Vitamin because he meets a Tungusic shaman who will reveal to him the way out of the cave.” The last time Vitamin performed, my cheeks hurt from laughing – I can’t wait to have him back!


As for me, I’m working on a new song for the penultimate show <sniff> and have a doozy of a singalong for you!


See you on January 26th

Doors open 7:15PM
Show starts 8PM

34 Upper Berkeley Street (gated entrance near Green Valley Shop)
Nearest tube Marble Arch
Pay what you can (£8 suggested donation)
Wine and bites available





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