Dixie Ticklers follow in Chaplin’s footsteps

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

Apparently the Little Tramp, or rather the man who played him, lived here as a child. Now the workhouse chapel is London’s Cinema Museum, and, in addition to Star Trek screenings and a talk about John Gielgud, this autumn’s listings include a gig by The Dixie Ticklers.

The Ticklers, led by clarinettist Dom James, can claim Woody Allen, Princess Beatrice and Lulu Guinness as fans, bring a most stylish 21st century reworking on New Orleans jazz to Kennington, and the evening promises a live film score, dance floor and an historic workhouse menu.

In the past The Dixie Ticklers have brought jazz to such unlikely spaces such as The Nursery, Seven Dials and an NFL abroad match at Wembley. For the Cinema Museum the six-piece band will present a brand new score to a surprise film reel from the 1920s as well as music for listening and dancing.

The workhouse kitchen will be featuring historic recipes from Chaplin’s time in the building, though I’m sure it won’t only be gruel.  And you will be able to explore the museum’s current exhibitions and browse through their unmatched collection of rare movie posters for sale.

It’s all happening on Friday 20 September. The Cinema Museum is at 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road) London SE11 4TH. Tickets are £10/£8 adv; £12/£10 on the door. Buy from: www.dixieticklers.com, www.cinemamuseum.org.uk or 020 7840 2200. Doors: 6.30pm.  Music 7.30pm – 11.30pm.

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