HisPanic Breakdown

The Copla Cabaret


Tue 28 May




50 mins





Please collect tickets at Barbican Theatre from 20 minutes before the performance begins

‘The Copla Cabaret’ presents Spanish Copla, a genre appropriated by LGTB collectives and transformed into a subversive political tool in Spain 1980s.

Copla is… being Spanish, the past in the present, it’s emotions. It’s the freedom to be who you want to be, to put on a wig and a pair of heels and make it seem the most natural thing. It’s a protest, a tribute, a longing, it’s missing a Spain I haven’t even known. Now… how can I transfer my passion for copla to YOU?

This performance is a subversive attempt to fit into a foreign world through Copla songs and to deal with issues of cultural and sexual identity: being in-between genders, living in-between countries, and belonging to none for survival.

In this show, a queer and international renaissance of Copla happens through participative exchanges with the audience: the cabaret presents Copla in its subversive performance background, a breaking point from the traditional songs that expressed the longing, the memories and sighs for the homeland of those who had to leave the country. Copla was an actual genre of music repressed by Franco’s dictatorship and ultimately lost into history… until you see this cabaret unfold.

This performance will also include a curtain raiser performance…

Dylan Elwood as Dyla Moon

Drop Dead Gorgeous

‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ takes a dark turn into the human mind but ensures to find enjoyment while doing so. The best parts of a drag show mixed into a coming of age drama.

It uses music and movement to entertain and draw focus to themes of internal negative thoughts on imperfection. Using the drag queen sterotype of comedy easily balances humour and a serious topic. The music used in the show relate to the overall topic. The performance also discusses drag judgements. The show shares a different look into the mind of a drag performer.

MULTI-BUY DISCOUNT: Buy for up to 4 shows and save money!
One show for £8
Two shows for £14
Three shows for £18
Four shows for £20


Seating is usually pre-allocated for performances (if it isn't it will say so on the booking page). Audiences are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the show to allow for time to take their seats before the performance begins. If you require disabled/accessible seating, please call us on 01752 267131 to discuss your requirements.

Barbican Theatre

The Barbican Theatre
Castle Street

(Barbican Theatre is behind the Mayflower Visitor Centre opposite Mayflower Steps and The Prawn!)

01752 267131 (Mon - Fri 11am - 3pm)



Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the Box Office at Barbican Theatre from 1 hour before your performance starts, unless you have opted to have them posted (for an additional charge of £1 per order at time of booking) Tickets can also be bought for that day's performance from the box office from 1 hour before performances begin (subject to ticket availability)

Tickets for this event are no longer available.