Marcus Morganis creating Bisexual Cabaret
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We'll list all patrons on a poster at CaBiRet.
Also you get access to the CaBiRet Backstage Blog here on Patreon, with all the news about the event before the rest of the Internet.
And when we start doing merchandise we'll give you a discount on everything we make.
Plus the listing and blog from the previous tier!
At this tier you're pledging more than enough to cover one of our artists to perform at CaBiRet twice a year. Thank you!
You'll get everything from the previous tiers plus you'll be among the thank yous Marcus personally announces from the stage at the end of the night.
About Marcus Morgan
CaBiRet is a bisexual cabaret night performed by members of the bisexual community in London, UK. It bills itself as "an evening of the bisexual variety", currently runs twice a year (we're hoping your help will change that) and was created in 2016 by long-time bisexual activist Marcus Morgan. It's a unique chance for bisexual people to see acts drawn from the community, tackling themes that address their own lives and struggles.
We've had poets, comedians, musicians, spoken-word readings, and the host is also a magician. And all of them put their bisexuality at the heart of their work on our stage.
WAIT? BISEXUAL? IS THIS A KINKY THING?
N..no, no. Why would you? Uh, okay. Bisexuality is often misunderstood - it's not about sex. The definition most of the UK bi community uses is the Bisexual Index Definition: "bisexuality is attraction to more than one gender".
The evening is not a sex performance.
No, capital letters. It is not. That said, ahem, it is likely that some of the performance will be frankly discussing sexuality. And the language is certainly adult at times. See, we're not just celebrating how great it is to be bisexual - some of the time we're venting our bi-furious sides too!
WHY DO YOU NEED BACKERS
CaBiRet was set up to run for no profit. It's a free event. We have a collection each time which is split between bisexual community causes, but none of the money raised is used for producing the event. Costs like advertising and materials for the night were initially covered by Marcus. And the acts were not being paid to perform.
That's a bad idea though. People should be paid for their time, effort, rehearsal, travel, costumes, props, and so on. If one of our performers had to drop out we'd have struggled to find a replacement short notice as we couldn't even have afforded to pay bus fare.
- We want to keep the evening free to attend.
- We want 100% of the collection to go to the community.
- So we need backers to pay the performers.
WHY MONTHLY AND NOT PER SHOW?
Currently we run between two and three shows per year. If we ask for 'per show' that means you could pledge now, feeling flush, and not see any deduction for up to six months. Who knows how affordable that'd be when the show rolled around?
And what if we *whisper it* went to 4x, or more?
A monthly pledge allows us to keep a better track of our predicted income, reduces bounced payments, and lets you keep on top of how much you're helping us. Move your pledge up or down, that's cool too.
And come to CaBiRet, it's free!
OKAY - WHEN IS IT?
Well, we have no idea. There's a pandemic on and that's really put a halt to our proceedings.
Yes, we could do a virtual show, with performers on Zoom or Facebook - but that would only be half of CaBiRet. What's happening on stage is the excuse to get a room full of people together, to experience what it is like to be in a bisexual-majority space. If you've never realised that everyone else is also laughing at the joke because they get it because they're just like you - then you might be starved of bi-majority spaces.
We can show you the stage, but the audience make it CaBiRet. We'll be back when we can safely have a crowded room.
WHAT DO I GET FOR BACKING YOU?
Everyone who backed us in the time since the last show gets listed on the Patreon poster at our shows, regardless of amount pledged. As the amount you can contribute grows, so does our thanks and your rewards. Membership cards, input into the shows, discounted merch, and even shout-outs from on stage!
We haven't finished deciding what all the rewards will be, this is a new area for us. Once you've pledged you can join in the discussion to shape what we offer. We're listening.
No, thank you - for reading this far. If you've not previously encountered the bisexual community then please check out these websites:
The Bisexual Index
Bi Pride UK
Biscuit - bisexual women's magazine
Bi's Of Colour group
BiCon, the UK national bisexual conference / convention
Bi Community News - our national newsletter
When we hit this goal we'll be able to pay for four acts a reasonable fee per CaBiRet (assuming we run 2x per year) to perform and spread our message of bisexual community spirit. If we have more than 4 performers then we'll split the pot between them all, but everyone on stage is getting paid except the compere, who would still be performing free. Other than the $5 in the first goal, there's no money for admin or advertising.