‘Cabaret’ poet takes local festival worldwide

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A local Literary Festival went truly worldwide as Repton man Ben Cavey linked up with an international film director at Netflix HQ in Los Angeles to present an old school photo from the 1920s.

The picture features renowned 1930s novelist, playwright and screenwriter Christopher Isherwood whose novellas The Berlin Stories were the inspiration for the 1972 smash hit American musical ‘Cabaret’ starring Lisa Minnelli.

His life and work will be profiled by international author and Executive Director of The Christopher Isherwood Foundation, Katherine Bucknell, at the Repton Literary Festival next month.   The poet was a pupil at Repton School during the 1920s. A plaque to mark this will be unveiled during the three-day festival which runs from 25th to 27th October.

Ben Cavey, Director, Original Comedy Programming at Netflix in Los Angeles and whose father John is festival director, presented the picture on behalf of the village to film director Tina Mascara, a leading member of the LA-based Christopher Isherwood Foundation. 

“It is amazing to link 1930s Germany, 21st century California and timeless Repton,” says Ben. “Christopher Isherwood is a major social and literary figure with a fascinating life story. It is fitting that his story should be told at the Repton Literary Festival, in the village where he spent some of his formative years.”

At 1.45 on Saturday 26th October, Katherine Bucknell will share her insights into this remarkable man in the library in which he studied. Details and tickets for this and all other events are available from the Box Office


This is one of over 30 talks and workshops at the festival.

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