The Copla Cabaret

  • Author/Performer
    Alejandro Postigo

HisPanic Breakdown Presents


  • Dates
    13 February 2024 - 13 February 2024
  • Times
  • 20:30


  • Full Price£12.50

Running Time

  • 60 minutes


Access features:

Step-free Access

Age guidance: 15+

Festival strand: Theatre & Performance

Funny, Thought Provoking, Empowering, Offbeat, Interactive, Poignant, Feel Good, For a Big Night Out!, LGBTQ+


The Copla Cabaret

‘The Copla Cabaret’ is a dynamic and provocative show exploring the passion and subversion of Spanish Copla in English. Experience a night of queer history, comedy, music and drag. Copla is a genre of music that was once repressed under Franco’s dictatorship in Spain, but in 21st century England, Dr Copla is bringing it back to life with a fresh twist that will have you laughing, singing along and tapping your feet.
Copla songs channel the queer and migrant experiences in Spain’s early musicals. Copla served as political tool against repression – first under dictatorship, and later for Spanish LGBTQ communities. Through audience participation the show addresses themes like the translation of musicals, living away from one’s homeland, queer reinterpretation of songs and the negotiation of multiple identities.
In this solo performance, Dr Copla Alejandro Postigo de-constructs the traditional Spanish songs and shares their historical significance for queer collectives, inviting the audience to be part of the dialogue. Through his interpretation of these songs and his sharing of his life stories, you’ll witness his rebirth as alter ego La Gitana, all with a drink in hand and lots of interaction.


“Full of glow and enthusiasm, a passionate pledge for copla as a subversive, meaningful genre full of nuances and with a complex history”.
North West End Review, London 2023


Alejandro Postigo


Alejandro Postigo

Sergio Maggiolo

Media Design
Ricardo Ferreira

Jack Elsdon

Violeta Valladares