Carnesky’s Finishing School



Carnesky’s Finishing School grew out of the Company’s belief in the ability of cabaret to be transgressive.

We are interested in the power that self created performance work can yield, challenging everyday ideas about art, bodies, politics and sex. These courses enable participants to present whatever they want without restriction whilst being mentored in stage-craft, performance art history and self-production.

Marisa Carnesky has been teaching devised cabaret, physical theatre and performance workshops for over 15 years. This has included regular programs over a two-year residency at the Roundhouse, visiting workshops at drama and performance programs at universities including Sheffield, Goldsmiths, Queen Mary College, Essex, Lancaster and Exeter. She has also run international courses, most recently at the City of Women Festival in Ljubliana Slovenia.

"Carnesky’s Cabaret School offered all-round support for me as artist to develop new material and get it stage-ready. Over the course of a week Marisa worked with us on new methods: how to resource inspiration, find or make props, incorporate speech, and most importantly she taught us how to explore our stage presence further. I now have new ideas and material that I can take into my future on stage and will perform the act I have made soon on some of London’s cabaret stages."

MisSa Blue

"My meeting with Marisa Carnesky was an intoxicating beckoning unto the beautiful, the taboo and the grotesque. Under her respectful guidance, through various processes we delved deep into ourselves as performers, artists and individuals – a liberating challenge, always served with humour. My participation in the workshops has given me not only a strong piece which I may continue performing but techniques and processes which will strengthen my growth as an artist."

Laura Gwen Miles

"The biggest benefit for me was discovering that there was another outlet for the more traditional skill-set I was developing (classical singing), and meeting a community of like-minded people wanting to develop new work."

Rhys Cook (aka Oberon White)

"Working with Marisa and co has been an enlightening experience. I come from a fine art background having studied at Goldsmiths for my undergrad degree. The majority of my work there was performance based, and while my art school education provided me with regular critiques of my concepts and presentation, I was not able to have the type of hands-on practical support that Marisa provides. Her directorial input has been invaluable to the piece. I do not come from any specific tradition regards performance (dance, theatre, etc) but Marisa was able to bring out the best in me in terms of my vocal delivery timing and movement. She is like a box of magic tricks!"

Angel Rose

Supported By

Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club

Arts Council England


The Roundhouse, London

The City of Women Festival, Slovenia


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