Eel Tossing

"Cabaret Melancholique "In association with Brian Catling and Tony Grisoni
at The Mildmay Social Club 15/12/06


Once a year at Christmas time, Brian Catling and Tony Grisoni host an event at The Mildmay Social Club in Newington Green. The acts are invited but not vetted. The reputation of the event has become legendary since its debut several years ago. Tickets sell out very quickly. The atmosphere is indescribable.

In 2006 I took a double act on stage - alone.

It involved an eel that was still just about alive, a microphone and a 15th century Italian song.

Many thanks to two members of the art world for their reviews.


"Eel tossing, a spectator's sport to shiver the timbers and warm the cockles. The eel tosser herself, in corseted glory, was a delight to behold and certainly brought a touch of class to the boards of Mildmay." - Marcia Farquar


"It would not be going too far to say that Bloom tosses a mean eel; more, that she gives great eel toss. I have not seen an eel more prettily tossed this twelvemonth." - Rachel Withers

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