Cabaret with Ada Campe and Her Psychic Duck

  • Free
  • Performance
Photograph of a woman wearing a colourful feathered headdress and character makeup, looking at a white glove puppet of a duck in her hand, in front of the red velvet curtains of a theatrical stage set.
Ada Campe, Thomas SG Farnetti. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

Join the devilishly eccentric Ada Campe for a performance celebrating a bygone era of razzmatazz featuring juggling, card tricks and mind-reading. After the 8pm performance, you’ll hear from Naomi Paxton, who plays Ada, about the role of women and suffragists in Edwardian theatre and feminism in modern magic.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Reading Room on level 2. You can walk up the spiral staircase to the Reading Room door, or take the lift up and then head left from the Library Desk.

Limited spaces available

Spaces are first come, first served and may run out if we are busy so you may wish to arrive early. If you have any access requests or requirements, email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

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About your performer

Photographic black and white, head and shoulders portrait of Naomi Paxton in a top hat against a glittery background.

Naomi Paxton

Comedian and theatrical academic Naomi Paxton researches the history of suffragists and the theatre, and appears as alter-ego Ada Campe, who has been nominated for Best Variety Act at the Chortle Awards 2019. She is also the reigning winner of the New Act of the Year at the NATYS and the Leicester Square Theatre Old Comedian of the Year.