Evans and his team are the long-standing forefront of cabaret, drag-shows and burlesque – genres that have seemingly made a slow transition from underground favourites to mainstream arty buzzwords. Some would argue that on the way to recognition the political content became diluted, as more and more new hopefuls entered the game. Evans’ show points to the contrary and he only partially agrees: “There’s no doubt that Burlesque has become a degraded art form synonymous only with middle class girls doing dodgy dance moves in faux vintage knickers – which is a shame for those, such as Fancy Chance, who do the real thing involving, you know, satire and stuff. Cabaret, however, I think is in reasonably good shape. I would say that the cabaret bubble, like most media soap suds, was over inflated – there are still only a handful of clubs that actually do it. But there are now many more performers than there were, say, five years back, who have a political engagement. When times are difficult, necessity instigates action. Bring on the revolution.”
Prior to its stint at the Soho Theatre, I Love You But We Only Have 14 Minutes to Save the Earth previewed at the Oval House and featured at the Decibel showcase; after London dates it will visit several venues and the Latitude festival, with a possible international tour in the works. With a cast made out of the genre’s superstars, Evans is looking into involving local artists wherever the piece travels – to give the original authors enough time in their busy schedules for other ventures and allow for the show to become responsive to different contexts. Evans himself is switching sides and creating a 14 minute piece for the Latitude performance, which promises to be a curious mix: “It will essentially be a fantasy adventure story which references the Flash Gordon movie from which I (more or less) stole the title. And the communist manifesto.”
I Love You But We Only Have Fourteen Minutes to Save the Earth is on at Soho Theatre from the 4th to the 7th July.