Arisha's OK Cabaret: An Operatic Extravaganza

An autobiographical musical revue exploring displacement, found family and queer relationships
June 22, 2023

To Bee Productions are a Manchester based, critically-acclaimed and award-nominated Queer-led production company who tell the most fantastic - and important - stories through the art of cabaret.

On 19 July, this increasingly influential North West company of artists bring Arisha's OK Cabaret to the luxurious Sonata Piano and Cabaret Lounge on Manchester's St Ann's Alley.

Billed as 'An Operatic Extravaganza', Arisha's OK Cabaret is supported by the Superbia Fund from Manchester Pride.

Arisha (Image: Ryan Morrison)

The audience is invited to join Arisha Marsh as they hop across the pond to learn opera in the shiny world of Oklahoma City, where the likes of Kristin Chenoweth trained. They battle auditions, acapella harmonies, and they finally find a space where they belong. Their life turns into a Broadway fairytale, what could possibly go wrong?

On March 12th 2020 the campus is ordered to shut down the next day, and on Friday the 13th they run through campus finding everyone they love to tell them goodbye. Their life is completely uprooted - and unhoused they rely on their community for support. They stay in New Mexico with a friend, are put in emergency housing to complete their studies, and eventually made it back to Manchester safe enough to sing the tale. Arisha's OK Cabaret: An Operatic Extravaganza is an autobiographical musical revue that incorporates a mix of aria, jazz standards, musical theatre and pop music to explore displacement and homelessness in times of crisis, found family and the strength of queer relationships.

To Bee Productions regularly host sell-out events across Manchester and London including Sonata Piano and Cabaret Lounge and the VAULT Festival. They were nominated for OffFest award for Best Theatre at the 2022 Greater Manchester Fringe for their critically acclaimed cabaret which was "filled with Mancunian charm, fantastic singing and an authentic story" - North West End.

Arisha's OK Cabaret: An Operatic Extravaganza will also act as a fundraiser for the Trans Mutual Aid Manchester with 15% of all the ticket sales to be donated. They are a trans led, radical mutual aid group, set up to help trans and non-binary people in Greater Manchester support each other through direct action.

Arisha's OK Cabaret: An Operatic Extravaganza is at Sonata Piano Lounge on 19 July - 7 to 8pm.

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