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7.30pm. Free.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Sir Winston Churchill

An evening of oratory curated by Laura Dee Milnes, exploring, unpicking and exploding the concept of the Parisien 'Salon of the French Enlightenment' for a 21st Century audience, featuring guest speakers, potent cocktails, bouffant wigs and stimulating conversation.

Join your host, the infamous Salonniere from South East London, Madame Croque (a distant cousin of Donna Kebab & Chips), a woman who is both formidable and elegant, calling to mind not only Marie Antoinette and Brigitte Bardot but also Bet Lynch.

Several guest speakers will discuss their chosen topics, all inspired by Women's History Month. Each will take to their soap box for a few minutes, provoking conversation and debate with strangers and friends, as well as 'open mic' slots for those prepared to stand up and speak.

No experience or authority on any subject whatsoever necessary. All are welcome.


A note from Madame Croque, regarding attire:

“Darlings and Dear Hearts, everyone knows life is more fun when you dress up, so please, wear your Thursday Best and look elegant. Formal dress preferred, however you choose to interpret it…and don't worry, black ties will be provided if you forget to bring your own…”



Date and time

13 March 2014

Please note
This is now a past event.


Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6AB
Tel: 020 7247 5102
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