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Hosting a live show is more than just reading out the names of the acts; a good compere is a master of ceremonies whilst also being a stand-up comedian, an improvisor, a cheerleader, and an advocate for both the audience and the performers.

This workshop delves into the multitasking skills required to be an entertaining compere.

  • Interacting with the audience (including hecklers!)

  • transitioning between acts

  • backstage and onstage etiquette

  • building anticipation

  • Stage persona vs being yourself


Described by Time Out London as “The Godfather of Scottish cabaret”, Rufus Allan is an actor, cabaret performer, and compère who has been privileged to perform in the West End of London as well as in touring musicals and pantomime, on cruise ships for P&O, summer seasons in the UK and Spain, in the US and Australia, and with several touring tribute and musical revue shows. Over the past 20 years, Rufus has also hosted everything from intimate cabarets and parties to theatrical variety shows, nightclubs, comedy clubs, awards ceremonies, charity spectaculars and corporate events. Rufus was the resident host of The Gatsby Speakeasy, Vaudevillesque, Dr Sketchy Glasgow, The Variety Show, and The Art Club Cabaret.


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