Chats Palace Arts Centre

Return to the Workhouse Cabaret

Return to the Workhouse Cabaret project is led by activist/presenter, Liz Carr and celebrates International Day of Disabled People. Our project brings disabled artists and activists UK-wide together to remember their history and celebrate survival with a one-night only programme of music and debate.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (283680)

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In the late 80’s and early 90’s Chats Palace regularly played host to the Workhouse Cabaret where disabled artists, activists and performers from all over the UK came together for a night of riotous and ramshackle entertainment. Thirty years later, it seems little has changed for Disabled people. The Return to the Workhouse Cabaret project allows the Disabled community autonomy in deciding how best to celebrate International Day of Disabled People in a way that reflects their current concerns


The Return to the Workhouse Cabaret project brings the Disabled community back together to remember its history and celebrate its survival. Liz hosts a programme that is life-affirming and combative, giving a public voice back to those who may feel themselves to be marginalised. Chats Palace is fully accessible for performers, participants and audience: assistance animals are welcomed. The live event includes two sign language interpreters and is live-streamed to an audience across the world.