A night out on the Battersea Barge

Ben Walters leaves dry land with his Nokia Lumia 925 for an evening of cabaret

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Now that summer has finally arrived, where better to take in a cabaret show than a venue designed for messing about on the river: the Battersea Barge, bobbing on the Thames more or less in the shadow of the iconic power station. Tonight’s performer is Alp Haydar, a real one-off who specialises in creating and playing bonkers satirical characters, recording their stories on video then interacting with the projected images during his live shows. Anything is fair game, from his own Turkish-Cypriot background to the inanity of daytime TV or small-minded nationalism. All with plenty of songs and laughs, of course.

  • The Battersea Barge, bobbing on the Thames more or less in the shadow of the iconic power station, is a great little venue for songs, laughs, daring physical feats and all kinds of other weird and wonderful cabaret acts.

  • Intimate and friendly, it’s hard to think you’re tucked away in a watery corner of central London once you find a table with your mates.

  • Alp Haydar is a real one-off who specialises in creating and playing bonkers satirical characters.

  • Anything is fair game to Haydar, from his own Turkish-Cypriot background to the inanity of daytime TV or small-minded nationalism – once he’s in costume he really lets rip.

  • Alp records his characters’ stories on video and then he interacts with these projected images during his live shows. All with plenty of songs and laughs, of course.

  • A great cabaret night out that’s totally unpredictable but always enjoyable.

The Battersea Barge, bobbing on the Thames more or less in the shadow of the iconic power station, is a great little venue for songs, laughs, daring physical feats and all kinds of other weird and wonderful cabaret acts.


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