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Shotgun Carousel’s Vampire Pageant

written by Rosemary Long October 12, 2017


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Join immersive performance collective Shotgun Carousel for their 2017 Halloween event, VAMPIRE PAGEANT. Transylvania’s finest will face-off in a classic five-round beauty and talent pageant, followed by DJs and one bloody great party.

Shotgun Carousel, together with House of Dark Shadows, are thrilled to present the 57th centennial VAMPIRE PAGEANT; a one-night vampstravaganza held on 26 October. In the eighteenth year of this century the Pageant will be held at London’s most infamous underworld haunt, the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. Flocking to the city of smoke from across the globe, vampires of all identities are invited to enter this glorious and most abominably ugly of beauty pageants, to compete in a number of ghoulish categories that will determine who is finally crowned Queen – or King – of the Damned.

As the moon rises high and the night air chills, your hosts proudly welcome bloodsucking beasts of all creeds – from ages 18 to 10,000 – to attend, either as contestants or to cheer your favourite fiends through each round as they showcase their talent, style, wit, technique and malevolence. After the spectacular grand finale, creatures of darkness are summoned to the dancefloor by our favourite child of the night; DJ Finga Fangs and his Bloodsucking Beats who will be on hand with his sweet music to jive, twist and rock you into a hellish frenzy.

Vampires who wish to compete in this most prestigious of pageants will be able to acquire entry cards at the door; guests are encouraged to dress to depress. There will be DJs. There will be prizes. There will be blood.

Vampires only. Humans will be eaten on sight.

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8pm-1am, Thursday 26 October 2017, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club
42-44 Pollard Row, London E2 6NB

Ticket prices: £8 early bird, £10 advance, £12 on the door

Ticket link:

For more information, please contact Laura Drake Chambers on

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One of our company members Amelia came to me with a photo of the crowning ceremony from the original 1975 Hollywood Miss American Vampire Pageant, and we all knew we’d found our next Halloween show.
We want to create an event that includes the glamour and showboat pageantry of a classic American Beauty Show, but is also strictly inclusive of all variations of Vampire cultures throughout the ages – and look for the comedy within those juxtapositions. At it’s core, it’s a chaotic gameshow and costume club night – but it’s also an opportunity for people to be really creative with their alter egos. – Laura Drake Chambers, Artistic Director at Shotgun Carousel
Photographer Rah Petherbridge
Makeup Artist – Shiv Ashman
Makeup Assistant –  Alessa Cappalletti

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