David Hoyle // The Prime of Ms David Hoyle



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David Hoyle // The Prime of Ms David Hoyle

Chelsea Theatre

Dates: Sep 14, Sep 15, Sep 16, Sep 17, Sep 18, Sep 21, Sep 22, Sep 23, Sep 24 and Sep 25.

Time: Class begins 8pm (except Sundays 4pm)

Tickets: £12/8. Tickets just £5 on Wednesdays and Sundays.

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What to expect…

Performance avalanche and avant guardian David Hoyle invites you to join the crème de la crème for an evening of thrilling pedagogy.

In THE PRIME OF MS DAVID HOYLE, the legendary performer takes on the persona of esteemed educator Ms David Hoyle, whose academy for girls takes pride in offering amusement, provocation and inspiration for dark times.

Ms Hoyle feels things deeply. She is never wrong. And she has the loyalty of her girls.

Ms Hoyle will wax electric on themes including but not limited to truth, beauty, art, charisma, discipline, team spirit, fascism and common sense. Expect an up-close-and-personal multimedia extravaganza in which acerbic and radical wit combines with a deep love of the outsider.

Ms Hoyle is joined on stage by ‘teaching assistant’ and lingering 60s icon Simone Simone, and graduates of the prestigious Carnesky’s Finishing School and Duckie Homosexualist Summer School for young queer performers.

Produced and directed by cabaret critic and producer Ben Walters, THE PRIME OF MS DAVID HOYLE takes its cue from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark’s iconic 1961 novel about a charismatic teacher, later adapted into a 1969 film starring Maggie Smith and a 1978 TV series starring Geraldine McEwan.

It shall be an education.


Chelsea Theatre – London SW10 0DR

7 World’s End Place
King’s Road
SW10 0DR

Tel: 020 7352 1967


Kate O’Donnell // Hayley & Me


Photos – Lee Baxter

Kate O’Donnell // Hayley and Me

Bar Wotever @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Dates: 27-Sep

Doors: from 7pm, shows 8.30pm – 10.30ish (Kate at 9.15pm). Then DJs until Midnight

Tickets: £5/£3

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What to expect…


And What? are proud to be invited to programme the headline slot for Bar Wotever, and what a corker we have for you….

Hayley and Me by Kate O’Donnell

Hayley Cropper appeared in our living room three times a week. Although well-loved she was slightly over looked.  Bringing Hayley back into the limelight, this cabaret explores Hayley’s Coronation Street storylines and how they relate to Kate’s own journey. Taking a nostalgic look back at this piece of trans history, expect a splash of music from the era, visuals, interaction and a very icon anorak.

We work with some of the best LGBT & Queer Performers in London, UK and the World and encourage newcomers and beginners with great attitude and things to say. We champion a big group of Residential Performers who are invited to our stage time after time, just because we totally adore them and their craft. Every Tuesday we also host the Community News for and with our London LGBT & Queer Community.

Join the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1567822063525362/

Bar Wotever – Queer Tuesdays at RVT

The night includes…
Live Music, Cabaret, Talks, Films and Spoken Word, we do it all!
This is a night for friendly and open minded people who know how to pay attention.

“Wotever World seems also to be a state of mind, a very friendly and welcoming state of mind indeed.” – remotegoat

“Erasing all boundaries and sterotypes from the blackboard this innovative night featured a wealth of the smartest, sexiest and most unique performers who encourage different ways of gender expressions.” – QX



Royal Vauxhall Tavern – London SE11 5HY

372 Kennington Ln,
London SE11 5HY

Tel: 020 7820 1222
Web: http://www.vauxhalltavern.com



Worst. Date. Ever


Photos – Nikolas Louka

Varjack & Simpson // Worst. Date. Ever

The Glory

Dates: 30 September

Time: 19:30 - 22:00

Tickets: £10

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What to expect…

Varjack & Simpson. Paula Varjack Dan Simpson

Are you sick of swiping left and right?

Or filling out pointless online questionnaires only to message back and forth with people you are not even sure you want to meet irl? Maybe you are sick of dating altogether? Maybe you are seeing someone but would like to make new friends?

Well the makers of The Anti-Slam know that the best way to bond is over failure. WORST. DATE. EVER is a night of performances about dates gone wrong, mixed up with silly games for people of all relationship statuses, sexualities and genders. Featuring a fantastic line up of comedians, theatre makers, spoken word and performance artists.

Hosted by: Paula Varjack & Dan Simpson with Adrian Gillot (aka Ms. Samantha Mann)

Featured artists:

Katy Baird,

Karen Mcleod,

Travis Alabanza,

Rhys Hollis,

Rachel Mars

Tom Marshman

Whether you’re coming to WORST. DATE. EVER. solo or in a group, grab yourself a drink, find a seat, and laugh along as brilliant performers regale you with stories of dates-gone-wrong. Then it’s time to get involved, as hosts Varjack & Simpson encourage you to play silly party games and fun icebreakers.

You’ll meet loads of new people, share your own stories, and watch as they’re transformed into mini-performances by our acts!


Varjack & Simpson

Varjack & Simpson produce quirky creative content in the form of events, podcasts, and workshops. Their work fuses their backgrounds of spoken word, theatre, comedy, and filmmaking, and they have a love of high, low, and pop culture. They put on the worst-poet-wins, internationally touring The Anti-Slam, gleefully jumped on the panel show format with pop-meets-poetry mash-up show Poetry Goes Pop!, invented their own anti-dating show WORST. DATE. EVER., and have created Fail Better – a podcast all about artist failure and the hilariously awful.

Find out more

Website: www.varjackandsimpson.co.uk


The Glory – London E2 8AS

281 Kingsland Road
London E2 8AS

Tel: 020 7684 0794
Web: http://www.theglory.co/


Lets Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs

Photo credits: Dionysis Livanis

Lets Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs

Ku Bar

Dates: 06-Oct

Time: 16:30 - 22:00


What to expect…

Hosted by Patrick Cash (playwright and spoken word poet), Let’s Talk About Gay Sex & Drugs has been running monthly in Soho since March 2014. The event has grown in popularity since its birth, and invites participants to speak (or listen) honestly about issues to do with sex and/or drug use within the gay male community.

No judgement, and no villainising of drug users – we are not here to tell people to stop taking drugs. What we are doing is starting a conversation that can address where drug use becomes too much and why drug use has become intrinsic to some gay men’s sex lives. We look at ‘chemsex’ through different subjects each month: love, beginnings, control, homophobia etc.

As the night has grown, so too has its scope and the event is also a celebration of the brilliance of the gay community, with well-known community figures and cultural performers.

Let’s Talk About Gay Sex & Drugs is an open forum for anybody to talk about how they perceive sex and drug use amongst the gay male community of London.

Everyone who wants to speak gets five minutes and all are welcome, whether to speak or listen. Free entry.

Sign up for a slot on Facebook or at the venue from 6.30pm.

At the September event we will have a theme (non-obligatory) of ‘Arts’ within the gay male community, and how this can be used to improve wellbeing, a special event part of the And What? Queer Arts Festival:

Multi-award winning Australian/Irish theatre director, and artistic director of the King’s Head Theatre, will talk about his decision to programme chems-related plays in the last year.

Acclaimed writer, producer and actor Alexis will talk about his new play ‘Safe’, on LGBT homelessness and at-risk youth, and how LGBT lives meet LGBT art.

Exceptional musical theatre performer Rich will treat us to personal reflections mixed with beautiful songs.

Comedian/writer Sian (Channel 4 Shorts, BBC Radio 1), and host of new Dean Street Wellbeing comedy night Sextroverts, will give us a ten minute comedy set of the sharpest wit.

Ben Walters is an esteemed writer, producer, programmer and critic, who most recently conceived and directed ‘The Prime of Miss David Hoyle’. He will talk about arts and wellbeing.


Ku Bar – London WC2H 7BA

30, Lisle St, London WC2H 7BA

Tel: 020 7437 4303
Web: http://www.ku-bar.co.uk/


House of Idiot


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House of Idiot

Upstairs @ Market House Pub

Dates: 12-Oct

Time: 20:00-22:00


What to expect…

Mother of the house, Mrs Jonjo (who is on her Holibobs so your host will be Arkem Mark Walton) brings an extra special QUEER edition of Brixton’s weekly performance party for comedians and clowns.

Amazing Line Up of comedy goldz:

David Mills: The sharp suited sharp tongued hilarious don of caustic commentary
Ms Samantha Mann: The Demure doyenne of the library will be playing agony aunt
Rebecca Shortall: Sizzling stand up from Brighton
Copycatzzz: Insane meme cabaret and immersive petting experience
Martin Willis: Beardy brilliant weirdo with a penchant for penguins
Rousha Browning: Wild wonderful and twinkly eyed character comedian
Wayne Carter: Dancing, drinking, dresses, from a large hilarious hairy man.
Hosted by Arkem Mark Walton: Other worldly troubadour and trickster with magical vegetable powers and sexually rhyming couplets.


Upstairs @ Market House Pub

443 coldharbour lane,
London sw9 8ln

Tel: 020 7095 9443
Web: www.market-house.co.uk


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Naked Boys Reading // Seamen

Photo credit: Vanek Photography

Naked Boys Reading // Seamen

MV Jewel of London/ Festival Pier / River Thames

Dates: 15-Oct

Time: 14:00 (prompt) - 17:00

Tickets: £15 Early Bird / £20 Seamen Lover / no booking fee

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What to expect…

Presented in association with And What? Queer Arts Festival

Ahoy hun! Riding high on the waves of the Thames this October, Naked Boys Reading fulfills a lifelong dream by bringing you an armada of spunky sailors on our very own Navy Day. Yes babes, that’s right, sweet dreams are made of this, so come and travel the world and the seven seas with our boys as they entertain you with tales of Moby Dicks, butt pirates and slutty mermaids. We have one of those in every port.

Think Fassbinder’s Querelle, Homer’s Odyssey or, urm, Water World; the vast oceans have fascinated man since the beginning of time. And we’re no different, although, admittedly, we’re a little more fixated on those who cruise towards the horizons: salty seafarers, sexy stowaways and marine biologists. It’s time to cum aboard our galley and worship at the altar of Neptune.

At the helm: Captain Shaz and first shipmate The Duchess of Pork. We promise seamen.



15 October 2016
MV Jewel of London

Boat will depart promptly at 2pm
You will NEED to show ID to get on board

No refunds after Friday 14th October, 10pm


Jewel of London/River Thames

Festival Pier, Belvedere Road
SE1 8XZ London
Tel: 020 7118 1281
Web: nakedboysreading.com




Photo credits: Peter Podworski

AN ‘EVENING-in’ WITH Jinkx Monsoon & Peaches Christ

Toynbee studios

Dates: 19-Oct

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What to expect…


And What? Queer Arts Festival Presents
AN EVENING WITH Jinkx Monsoon & Peaches Christ
….in conversation and song
Toynbee Studios (Artsadmin)

Due to the overwhelming success of their Peaches Christ and Jinkx Monsoon: Return To Grey Gardens show and the sad logistical inability to add another date, the And What? Fest is proud to present a world preimere, one night only specially made for London show………

in conversation and song.

Something to quench the thirst for those of you who couldn’t get into the Gardens. This will be an intimate, special, one-night-only happening taking the form of a chat / variety show starring this dynamic drag duo. With interviews, stories shared, anecdotes, live music and song. This will be wildly entertaining, jaw dropping and eye opening no-holds-barred expose that aspires to be as hilarious as it is revealing.

Consumer warning: audience participation is sure to be integrated into the evening’s festivities, come armed with your most probing questions!

This is a world premiere event! One Night only. Tickets on sale 20 September! Get em while they is hawt (Return to Grey Gardens sold out in 24hours)

Don’t forget you can also catch the stars and a host of other beauties at the official Grey Gardens afterparty Staunch: Grey Gardens After Party & And What? Closing Party



Toynbee Studios – London E1 6AB

28 Commercial St,
London E1 6AB

Tel: 020 7650 2350
Web: http://www.artsadmin.co.uk/toynbee-studios



Peaches Christ & Jinkx Monsoon // Return To Grey Gardens


Photo credits: Jose A Guzman Colon

Peaches Christ and Jinkx Monsoon:  Return To Grey Gardens

Toynbee Studios

Dates: 20 & 21-Oct

Times: 19:30-21:00

Tickets: £18-£20

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What to expect…




RETURN TO GREY GARDENS stars drag superstars JINKX MONSOON as Lil’ Jinkxy and PEACHES CHRIST as Big Peachy in this hilarious and loving tribute the Maysles’ documentary cult film Grey Gardens. Also featuring CHEDDAR GORGEOUS, ANNA PHYLACTIC and the ULTRA VIOLETS, plus further guest stars to be announced.
The stage-show is set forty years into the future and documents the lives of an aging drag mother and her bitter drag daughter who continue to perform for an empty house at the now dilapidated and run-down TOYNBEE STUDIOS. How did this happen? What will become of them? Will their famous and successful royal drag cousin step up and help out? Only the cats and raccoons know for sure!
UK producer Bren O’Callaghan (Manchester), Andrew Ellerby (London).


Toynbee Studios – London E1 6AB

28 Commercial St,
London E1 6AB

Tel: 020 7650 2350
Web: http://www.artsadmin.co.uk/toynbee-studios