To celebrate the end of Gulbenkian’s 50th year, we are presenting a specially-curated cabaret event, celebrating the stories and people who have contributed to Gulbenkian over the last 50 years.

This event will bring together alumni turned professional artists across comedy, music and spoken word who have been a part of our story, in a fun-filled night to remember.

Curated and hosted by Dr Oliver Double.
Line-up includes:

Earl Okin
Earl Okin is one of the famous ‘first 500’ at UKC, graduating in 1968. Since then he has not only been the longest serving headliner on the UK comedy circuit but, more importantly, has also become one of  the country’s finest singer-songwriters and Jazz and Bossa Nova concert artistes, performing literally around the world. He well remembers when the Gulbenkian Theatre opened!

Tiernan Douieb

Tiernan Douieb has been doing stand up in the UK and intentionally for over a decade, and is known for using his comedy to sift through political nonsense, opinion and truth in the friendliest and funniest manner possible. In the last two years he has been supporting Frankie Boyle on tour; Writing on Frankie Boyle’s BBC2 series New World Order; Writing and producing his weekly podcast Partly Political Broadcast, which combines jokes about the news with expert guest interviews and gaining an ever growing audience of several thousand listeners a week; organising a series of shows in aid of Help Refugees with Jen Brister, featuring Sarah Millican, Dara O’Briain, Adam Hills, Shappi Khorsandi and many others at performances across the UK; and co-running Comedy Club 4 Kids where he is resident MC, making small people laugh alongside comedians like Adam Buxton, Sofie Hagen, Nish Kumar and Josie Long.

Matthew Crosby

Tom Parry

Lauren Carroll
I graduated from Kent winning the Eric Baker prize. I run a comedy night in Canterbury, Sunday Roast. I’ve been doing stand-up for two years but I’ve been pretty funny since birth. My comedy idols are Sam Campbell, Emo Philips and my dad (who I would love to meet someday)

Chad-lee Brown
Chad is a recent graduate of Film and Drama studies, University of Kent. An avid poet and writer, who has begun exploring standup comedy.

Plus more to be announced!

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Exploding Dream Cabaret

Sat 7 December 2019

Our work with young people

Children and Young People are at the heart of what we do, as audience members, as participants and as thought leaders.

Through our landmark ART31 project we are working with young people and partners in Kent to create new opportunities through the arts for under 25's across the county.

Below are some of our current projects focused on the development of young people.

Our projects with young people