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CRYING SHAME by Sweet Beef

It’s a cabaret. A wellness journey. A 10 step programme. All about loneliness… I know, how embarrassing. 


In a dusty, dazzling dreamscape you’ll encounter washed-up cabaret acts, filthy lip-syncs, and a suite of lonely queer characters. This motley crew of camp clowns will try (and fail) to connect to you with biscuits, sock puppets, tap dancing, sweaty sports classes, a box of confessions, shots shots shots and a whole lotta me time. 

Once the dust settles and the guests of Club Cabaret Fragilé blink back the tears, you’ll have learnt to look each other in the eye, and admit: ‘I am lonely. But I am not alone. Because you’re here. We’re here. We’re all here together’.

Crying Shame’ is a promenade play, where audiences are guided on a theatrical journey through the building while the story unfurls around them.

In collaboration with Raze Collective and part of This Is Croydon’s Queer Arts Development Strand. The Commission has been generously supported by Arts Council England and This Is Croydon.

London Borough of Culture is a Mayor of London initiative, with support from Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Previous reviews for Sweet Beef:

★★★★★ – ‘searingly satirical company-devised theatre’

★★★★ – ‘a highly creative company delivering highly creative work’

★★★★★ – ‘effortlessly flits between comedy and darkness’

Supported by Arts Council England and This is Croydon.

Instagram: @sweetbeeftheatre
Twitter: @sweetbeef_tc

Content Warnings

  • Loud Music
  • Flashing lights
  • Audience interaction
  • Shouting
  • Erratic movement
  • Emotionally abusive language
  • Eating on stage
  • Drinking on stage
  • Alcohol on stage
  • Food and drink offered to the audience
  • Clowns
  • Puppets
  • Depiction of masturbation
  • Nudity

Tuesday Doors open: 7:15pm

Wednesday & Thursday Doors open: 8:15pm

This event is one of Queer Arts Commissions, an incredible line up of neuroqueer and multidisciplinary artists, award-winning producers and writers explore the theme of identity through a variety of art forms, and touch on subjects such as gender, faith, queer arts, and mental wellbeing.