“We’ll throw a fetish party with a Halloween theme,” they cry in unison. And why not? It not only provides a theme that many fetish folk are delighted to embrace.
It also brings with it the likelihood of swelling your attendance figures with lots of kink-curious types who welcome the excuse to dip a toe in the world of fetish partying without automatically being identified as a pervert. So far, so predictable.
So it’s refreshing to find a group of fetish-friendly women who’ve put together an event in London offering a rather different kind of experience for Halloween — and one also available beyond the witching hour itself, if you’ve already made your plans for that time.
Amatory Asylum is the latest venture from House of Kittens, the theatre company dedicated to ‘exploration into the world of erotic storytelling’.
Part immersive theatre, part physical performance and part dance party, Amatory Asylum offers a rare chance to see the best of the House of Kittens ensemble’s signature presentations as well as newly curated pieces, all packed into one extraordinary evening.
Amatory Asylum casts the audience in the role of medical observers within the immersive experience of a ‘surreal and sensual world’.
Dr Lili La Fleur, head of the Asylum and presiding physician of sexual psychological studies, invites audiences to become part an exclusive experiment — designed to uncover and explore the most covetous of carnal cravings.
Inspired by the work of the illustrious Scientific-Humanitarian Committee, the production invites guests to act not just as record takers, preserving for posterity the decadent acts which they witness, but also as patients.
In the latter role they can expect to undergo an evening of observation and inflammatory experimentation — which, we’re promised, will ‘give flower to their deepest desires through sensory exploration and performance’.
Taking inspiration from cult films, high fashion, musical icons and underground art, House of Kittens founder and director Sophie Cohen sets out to create a ‘bold form of storytelling’ combined with ‘exceptional costumes, musical curation and collaborative choreography’.
Amatory Asylum will be the first event to be hosted in the new location of the just-reopened Wellington Members Club on London’s Jermyn Street.
Taking place across two floors of ‘decadent surroundings’ with 12 individual performances lasting from 3.5 to 16 minutes each, the production explores everything from romantic love stories to full-on kink.
Dresscode for the evening is ‘elegant, medical, fetish or all three for the truly creative’, with prizes awarded for best-dressed, by way of a drag ball/vogueing audience participation moment (only for the willing).
And the after party — ‘a whirlwind of drag and disco, kink and high-kicks’ — goes on until late, so it might be best not to plan anything too strenuous for the next day.
Four dates are currently available:
Halloween dates: Thursday & Friday Oct 31 & Nov 1
Mid-Nov dates: Thursday & Friday Nov 14 & 15
Times: Doors from 8pm; finish 3am
Venue: Wellington Club, 91 Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6JB
Tickets: General Admission £35-40 from
House of Kittens
Preshow dinner: limited bookings (set themed menu)
direct from Wellington Club
BELOW: Click any thumbnail to view slideshow of House of Kittens’ Amatory Asylum performers
Published October 25, 2019