What's On: Miss Chief In The Backyard, Bethnal Green

By Rob Virtue on December 9, 2013 4:28 PM |

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Actress and dancer Chloe Treend has appeared in a host of top stage shows and films including 2004 hit Vanity Fair.

Now she's returned to her roots to bring a good ol' variety night to the Backyard Comedy Club.

Where did the idea come from?

East London always used to have variety shows and I wanted to bring an affordable form to the community.

Affordable?

Yes it's only £5. But we don't turn anyone away. I trained at Ballet Rambert and there was always stories of Marie Rambert. One of them was that she used to bring in people to her shows who were homeless or alcoholic. She even brought in people who were known to beat their wives just so they wouldn't be at home beating their wives.

So what's it like?

It's fun and lively. We've got a live jazz band, we've got a pianist who plays people on and off stage, and paintings from the age of variety.

What's your role?

I curate the overall theme of the night.

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There are a lot of artists who want to perform so I select them and put them in an order which will work best.

What kind of artists?

We've got the ventriloquist Afro Dizzy Act, J Tibbs Jazz Masters performing, compare Kenny O'Connor and contortionist Abby Dorrill.

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There's so much talent. It's been running a few months now and the artists keep coming back, as do the audience.

When you set up a show you never really know who your audience will be but it turns out this ranges between 25 and 55. It seems to be even numbers of those two ages

We've had a couple of sold-out shows, which I'm really pleased about.

What else are you working on at the moment?

I'm filming the new Frankenstein which stars Daniel Radcliffe. Unfortunately I can't say much on that at the moment but it is very enjoyable.

■ Miss Chief In The Backyard next appears on December 11 with a Christmas Cracker at Lee Hurst's Backyard Comedy Club.

Go to misschiefvariety.com for tickets

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