Events Leytonstone

The cabaret show spotlighting Turkish protest killings

A one-off cabaret show that spotlights the deaths of protesting cabaret performers is showing this weekend at Leytonstone’s Red Lion

Credit: Off The Beat Productions

Déjà Vu Kabaret is based on a real story from Istanbul that began with environmental protests in 2013 that rapidly turned into a revolution in Turkish history — the Gezi Park Protests. Centred around a mounting pressure from the police and the governmental based news platforms spreading propaganda and censoring the protests, activists established a cabaret beneath the park where artists would perform to challenge the laws and policies being enacted.

This led to immediate plans from the authorities to tear down the cabaret, and the tragic consequences for the performers and audience one June evening in 2013.

Credit: Off The Beat Productions

Déjà Vu Kabaret is a fictional space grounded in the reality of the atrocity that killed 26 people at the real cabaret underneath Gezi Park. It’s a play that its makers say challenges where and when you can forget about your problems, the privilege associated with that choice and is a call to audiences to feel freely, speak freely, and live freely.


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Déjà Vu Kabaret is a site-specific production, created for performance in the historic Red Lion in Leytonstone. As an immersive piece, it will take place across five different rooms and take audiences on an immersive journey. 

Tickets, currently available from £6.13, can be bought here


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