Interview with…Bernie Dieter

The performer chatted to LLLC’s Emma Clarendon about Little Death Club, performing as part of the Underbelly Festival.

(c)Alistair Veryard

Thanks so much for talking to me. What can audiences expect from Little Death Club? The Little Death Club is my club. The funniest, filthiest most debauched kabarett club this side of Berlin. We have gender bending contortion, fire breathing side show, a pissed off French mime and of course my Weimar punk jazz band ‘The Vier’. A fully original soundtrack, a glorious Spiegeltent and a truck load of gin.

How are you feeling about bringing the show to the Underbelly Festival? I can’t wait darlings! I am so excited for summer on the Southbank – the beautiful beer garden, long hazy lock ins in the Spiegeltent. It really is the best time of year- all the punks, freaks and weirdos coming out to play now that the circus is in town.

If you had to describe the show – what would you say? It is the most fun you will ever have in a Spiegeltent. It is inspired by the Weimar Republic’s dens of inequity and gender bending sexual freedom. It is about embracing difference at a time where we are being told to fear it. It is punk Kabarett at its most inappropriate, satirical, hilarious best.

Do you have a favourite moment in the show? I love every part of the show, the laughter, the gasps, the cheers. But mostly I love meeting the people, the audience who come out to play with us night after night who leave having made some new friends or stroking a strangers thigh.

What was it about the show’s concept that made you want to be involved? I created this show together with Tom Velvick from Dead Man Label from the ground up. We created our ultimate club, where no seat is safe and no hangover is regretted, where anything could happen and you could be whoever you wanted to be.

What are you most looking forward to about performing for audiences at the Underbelly Festival Southbank? I love performing in the UK, especially in London, because the British love the filth. They love to be challenged and they love to laugh. They are always up for a good time, so every show feels like a party.

By Emma Clarendon

Little Death Club continues to perform as part of the Underbelly Festival until the 23rd June.

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