Masonic Masquerade


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Saturday 2 July 2016
19:30 - 02:00
Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Cabaret/Burlesque, Clubbing, Fun Time Partying
Liverpool Street
Over 18

On the site of the old Bedlam hospital, where crowds once gathered to mock the crazies, rose a Masonic tabernacle, home to clandestine gatherings and arcane rituals. Fallen into disuse, walled up and derelict, the Grecian Masonic Temple at Liverpool Street lay bereft and forgotten for decades. This summer A Curious Invitation and the East End Film Festival will return to the marbled splendour of the City’s only original Freemasons’ lodge for a macabre night of cabaret, circus and cinema.


Alejandro Jodorowsky's SANTA SANGRE

The night will begin with a special screening of Alejandro Jodorowsky's avant-garde horror film Santa Sangre, the surreal odyssey of a young circus performer who shuns the mental asylum in a macabre reunion with his arm-less mother.



Built in 1912 by Charles Barry Jr, the son of the architect who designed the Houses of Parliament, this Grecian Temple is an opulent chamber of marble and gilt adorned with bronze lanterns and a pair of mahogany thrones. Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest non-religious, non-political organisations; an institution steeped in ceremony and ritual. In recognition of these traditions, the ball will host a theatrical show which plays homage to the rites of passage and lore of this secret society.



Step into this opulent chamber of marble and gilt adorned with brazen lanterns and a pair of stately mahogany thrones to be regaled by:

HEAVY METAL PETE: sword swallower, whip cracker, sideshow performer, pyrotechnical artiste - never a stranger to danger.

COCO DEVILLE: fierce, playful neo-burlesque superstar. A mercurial minx, a teasing tiger. She moves with feline grace, but has a sting in her tail.

NATHAN & ISIS: acrobatic duo who stretch balance, poise, agility and trust to their limits with their gravity- and logic-defying stunts.


Six storeys of glass atrium will be filled by CHIVAREE CIRCUS with aerialists, acrobats, stilt walkers, and other high-flying, death-defying artistes, including:

BECKY & TYRONE: denizens of the aerial realm will soar above your heads holding audiences and each other in spectacular suspense.

And earth-bound far below them will lurk TIM MAYNARD’s magnificent menagerie of snakes, scorpions, lizards and insects.


Our compere beyond compare, BENJAMIN LOUCHE, the disreputable and aberrant Lynchean linchpin of the evening, will introduce:

MARNIE SCARLETT - deviant Diva, fire fetishist and couturier, writhing in her latest creation: a strait jacket.

LOLO BROW - Neo-Burlesque artist, sideshow performer, sparkly drag King and Lizard Lady

SNAKE FERVOUR - fire wielding, sword swallowing, snake charming, angle grinding, stilt walking, sideshow stunting.

CYNTH ICORN - purely perverted international heavy rubber model and fetish performer

BISHI - Anglo-Indian singer, pianist and sitarist will take to the decks to mix Eastern and Western avant-garde sounds.


The origins of divination using Tarot cards lie in Masonic sects of the eighteenth century. ART MACABRE will delve into this veiled history of the occult and invite you to sketch a tableau celebrating the iconic imagery of the arcana of Wands, Cups, Swords and Coins.

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The Temple @ Andaz
Andaz Hotel 40 Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN

East London

Nearest station:
Liverpool Street (Tube)


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Attended second year in a row, but thought this year was slightly less good in terms of organization. The film in the main hall cut out half way through - there was no explanation, restoration or apology. The rotation on the circus audience meant you couldn't see all the acts. Actually too many people really for the venue - a smaller and more select crowd over multiple evenings would have worked much better. The cabaret was great though - glad I stayed for that and the following disco. Visited The Temple @ Andaz on 2016-07-02
by on July 7th, 2016

Overall it was a fun and interesting night. There were some problems though mainly the main room. It was far too bright, there wasn't an atmosphere and no music? The evening felt quite unorganised and the staff didn't seem to know what room was what, or what was going on. There should have been some staff members directing people to the rooms. The map given to us made no sense. I would have loved to have seen a marque in the main room and some live music. Unfortunately it really felt like a corporate event. You should have also had a free drink upon arrival. The highlight was the animals. Visited The Temple @ Andaz on 2016-07-02
by on July 5th, 2016

We had a fabrastic night. The venue was really good. We thought the acts were superb especially the contortionist. However the managerie was cruel. The frog nearly leaped off the table several times but no one seemed to care. Not nice to use animals as entertainment in our opinion. Otherwise it was a spectacular event. Visited The Temple @ Andaz on 2016-07-02
by on July 5th, 2016

We had a nice time , mini zoo was the highlight for us and enjoyed some of the acts and the drawing, most of the rooms were a bit small for that number of crowd but general vibe was enjoyable. Visited The Temple @ Andaz on 2016-07-02
by on July 4th, 2016

Beautiful venue! Great performances. Shame that the projection of Santa Sangre in the Masonic Temple had technical difficulties and the technical team did not even notice for almost half an hour. Visited The Temple @ Andaz on 2016-07-02
by on July 4th, 2016

Amazing acts from acrobats to fire breathers to burlesque in a Masonic Lodge. The effort some people went to with their outfits and masks was amazing too. Sadly there were a few electrical thoughts and the house wine was awful for the price, but with the addition of a mini zoo & hoy nude people painted gold I'll forgive that. Visited The Temple @ Andaz on 2016-07-02
by on July 4th, 2016

The venue is beautiful, yet I wasn't very impressed by most acts (I enjoyed the acrobatics). Drinks were on the more expensive side yet the staff barely knew how to make a G&T (I had to ask for a slice of lime and a straw). Also, some people thought it was more of a costume party than a black tie event. Overall the event seemed a bit all over the place. There was an attempt to give it a classy, luxurious feel but it didn't quite work. Shame
by on July 4th, 2016

If you don't have a sensitive nature and a membership of the puritanical society then this is for you! Lots of acts, things to see, never a dull moment. The Temple at Andaz was beautiful. Not sure why they left the lights on there for the disco though! I will definitely be trying out some Curious Invitations again. PS If you aren't sure what to wear... don't do understated! Visited The Temple @ Andaz on 2016-07-02
by on July 4th, 2016

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