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CRIPERELLA: Once Upon A Time… in Clapham!

It’s never too early in the year for panto in our books and Criperella is a particularly significant show with which to kick off the season.

With Summer over and out for another year, and the nights well and truly drawing in, there’s now a distinct whiff of winter and festivity in the air — and with that comes lashings of quintessentially British high camp in the form of pantomime, which is always very welcome. Oh YES, it is! (Sorry, we had to squeeze at least one in).

Taking its first leap into panto land this year is the celebrated community association Disabled, Queer and Hear, which has been curating events that centre people with disabilities in LGBTQ+ venues across London since 2019.

Now, theatre beckons. Criperella is a queer take on the traditional tale of Cinderella, and it’s Disabled, Queer and Hear’s biggest undertaking to date. Starring Jack Brian – AKA drag starlet Linda Wicker – as Criperella and Queer As An Aro as Sluttons, the show is filled with wonderfully smutty gags, cynical Clapham Gays, and clever parody numbers, as well as the traditional panto staples, of course!

Producer and founder of Disabled, Queer and Hear, Wayne Allingham told us: “The reason I decided upon a panto was because people with disabilities don’t often get the chance to showcase their talents on a big stage to an appreciative audience. When I was growing up, I went to pantos all the time, but I never saw myself — someone with disabilities — represented in the shows and that is what essentially drives me. I passionately believe in everyone getting a chance in life, regardless of their physical or mental disability.”

Criperella is on Tuesday 25th October at The Clapham Grand, Clapham Junction, 21-25 St. John’s Hill, SW11 1TT

  • Doors: 7pm,
  • Show Start: 7.45pm
All ticket holders will receive a free glass of Wolf Blass sparkling wine on arrival (or a non-alcoholic alternative). Tickets available here

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