A macabre night of cabaret, circus & cinema.This summer A Curious Invitation and the East End Film Festival will return to the marbled splendour of the City’s only original Freemasons’ lodge for a macabre night of cabaret, circus and cinema.
The Masonic Masquerade will feature 6 realms and a wondrous cast list of London's most eerie, exotic and eccentric performers.
The night will begin with a special screening of
TWIN PEAKS : FIRE WALK WITH ME
David Lynch’s paranormal and paradoxical prequel to Twin Peaks, detailing the seven days leading up to the murder of Laura Palmer in a nineties Northwest lumber town.
THE BLACK LODGE
In this opulent chamber of marble and gilt adorned with brazen lanterns and a pair of stately mahogany thrones our compere beyond compare, BENJAMIN LOUCHE, the disreputable and aberrant Lynchean linchpin of the evening will present cabaret legends Bambi Blue, Maleficent Martini, Lydia Darling, Dinah-Might, Cynth Icorn and Marcella Puppini.
THE CRYSTAL CHAMBER
ART MACABRE invite you to sketch a tableau from The Rake’s Progress by William Hogath, himself a masonic Grand Steward, which charts the vices and vicissitudes of Tom Rakewell.
THE LOST WORD CABARET
SMASHLYN MONROE - brazen vixen of the sideshow underworld,
TUESDAY LAVEAU - Renegade go-go dancer & ursine undulator,
DUNJA KUHN - Burlesque blasphemer and voodoo hula hooper,
DIS CHARGE - Empress of the midnight mass and queen of queerlesque,
CLAN DEXTINE - journeying through bass and time, from swing to ska, blues to balkan & roots to rave
THE STAGE OF STORIES
The origins of Freemasonry lie in the mists of ancient Egypt. Storyteller SALLY POMME CLAYTON will delve into the dark, surreal and sensual world of Isis, Osiris, Ra and Thoth
A deft motion of the human hand can convey the subliminal greeting of a secret society or conjure up beasts, phantoms and demons. DREW COLBY will initiate you into the light and dark art of Shadowgraphy.
THE PLEASURE GARDEN
Here amid our garden of living golden statues with its gently tinkling fountain Maestro TROYLUS SEARLL will preside over a fête champêtre of serene courtly elegance.
The HELIOS COLLECTIVE will perform settings of the erotic poetry by The Pornographer of Venice - Pietro Aretino - Renaissance playwright, satirist, poet and blackmailer.
The ANNO LUCIS QUARTET will serenely serenade you with strains of Haydn, Mozart and other Masonic melodists.
18 and over only.