Magic & Mayhem


Let the Mayhem Commence!

This November, for the third year running, the Corsham based Magic and Mayhem Festival celebrates the imaginative, the odd and the downright delicious!

Magic and Mayhem is a festival of delectable magic, illusion, cabaret, burlesque, visual arts, music and theatre. Run by Pound Arts, it brings the very best international award winning artists to take to the stage for a very special weekend in November each year.

Sophie Moysey, Programme Director, says:
‘We are so excited to launch this year’s programme of extremely talented acts who are the best at what they do including Mitch Benn, Cabaret producers Goldust, Barb Jungr, Morgan and West, and The Human Zoo Theatre Company. They will light up the dark evenings with wonderous performances that will tempt you, inspire you, scare you and make you laugh.’

Delight in a free exhibition full of moving, shaking, wobbling and jiggling sculptures by internationally renowned automata makers Robert Race, Ian McKay and Wanda Sowry. Come along to specially programmed films including the extraordinary thriller The Handmaiden and Lady Macbeth, a brilliantly chilling subversion of a classic’ novella by Nikolai Laskov (The Guardian).

Let Radio 4’s most sought after musical comedian, Mitch Benn, guide you through his musings on death and mortality in Don’t Fear the Reaper. ‘Song after song of exquisitely crafted satire’ (The Scotsman).

Dr Mark Baldwin will captivate his audience with one of WWII’s most fascinating stories – the Enigma Machine – and the sold out Mayhem Cabaret features Velma Von Bon Bon, one of the UK’s top ten burlesque performers, burlesque chanteuse and The Voice contestant Kiki DeVille, and the terrifyingly brilliant Death Do Us Part with their Danger Show, featuring a vaudevillian husband and wife knife-throwing duo.

Morgan and West, the time-travelling magicians, return to The Pound with their marvellous magic show, join a Ghost Walk around Corsham starting at the Almshouses featuring spooky tales from local writers, and wonder at the theatricality of The Human Zoo Theatre Company who present Giant: horribly honest clowns and questionable cabaret acts ignite the stage exploring generational identity through live music, puppetry, poetry and movement.
Step back in time at the Remembrance Sunday Concert and Tea Dance to explore the women of WWI with singer-songwriter Louise Jordan and learn to Lindy Hop with twice UK champions Hoppin’ Mad. Thanks to Cotswold Homes and Corsham Commemorates for their support of this event. To close the festival let your soul ache to the strains of one of the world’s great cabaret singers, Barb Jungr, as she performs No Regrets, a collection of classic chansons.

The festival happens in Corsham from Tuesday 7 November to Sunday 12 November with events taking place in The Pound arts centre, Corsham Town Hall and the Corsham Almshouses. Tickets can be purchased in person at The Pound or online at or contact the box office on 01249 701628

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