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In their Own Words

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Photos – Liv Pennington

Michael Betteridge & Anna Braithwaite // In Their Own Words

Hackney Showroom

Dates: 01-Oct

Time: 19:00-20:00

Tickets: £10/8

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What to expect…

LONDON PREMIERE

Composers Michael Betteridge and Anna Braithwaite have teamed up to create a radical new music-theatre piece, staged by director Nick Blackburn. The production premieres two new works, one from each composer, that set the stories of people facing life-changing diagnoses to a musical backdrop, using the subjects’ own words as their source text.

The composers have drawn upon an eclectic set of influences from both avant-garde and popular culture to create pieces for solo voice, clarinets, tape and percussion. Michael’s work interrogates attitudes to safe sex in the LGBT community by telling the story of a twenty-one year old man living with HIV. Anna’s piece uncovers universal themes of ageing, memory and identity in the issues affecting the daily life of a woman living with dementia.

These are humourous and poignant musical portraits, told ‘In Their Own Words’.

Approx. 60 minutes + post show Q&A (max. 20 minutes)

Venue

Hackney Showrooms – London E8 2BT

Hackney Downs Studios,
Amhurst Terrace,
London E8 2BT

Tel: 020 3095 9747
Web: http://www.hackneyshowroom.com/whatson

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Disco Loco Rainbow Rave + Gendersaurus Studio

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Photo credit: Jassy Earl

Disco Loco Rainbow Rave + Gendersaurus Studio

Hackney Showroom

Dates: 02-Oct

Time: 15:00-18:00

Tickets: £3 (babes FREE!)

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What to expect…

Disco Loco kicks off the autumn season with a monumental Rainbow Rave! DJs, art workshops, live performance & more to be announced.

The Disco Loco Rainbow Rave invites you to celebrate the family in all its forms – extended, dual-heritage, step, single parent, queer, 2.4, donor conceived, whatever your family is, come share the love and the diversity of UK family life.

As part of the Rainbow Rave And What? present Eilidh MacAskill’s Gendersaurus Studios, a playground for children to express their inner spirit animal and mythical creatures through none-gender-specific fancy dress. Expect t-shirt making, props galore, a photo booth and Live artists ready to be consulted on the Kracken, Unicorn (or something completely new) within the minds of the our next generation.

Post costume, post dancing, post imagination we will take to the fields in a Live Art Kids Parade.

Venue

Hackney Showroom – London E8 2BT

Hackney Downs Studios,
Amhurst Terrace,
London E8 2BT

Tel: 020 3095 9747
Web: http://www.hackneyshowroom.com/whatson

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The Pink Bucket (List)

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Photo credit: Ayesha Hussain

The Pink Bucket (List)

Jacksons Lane

Dates: 10-Oct

Time: 20:00-21:30

Tickets: £13.95 - £15.95

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What to expect…

WORLD PREMIERE

With our tongue firmly planted in our cheeks And What? Queer. Arts. Festival presents….. The Pink Bucket (List). An evening of Wonky circus and cabaret from some of the freshest Queer and LGBTQI performers on the circuit, hosted by the ever-wonderful compere-extraordinaire Reuben R Kaye (Café De Paris, International Superstar). We reveal our top-tips for every gay to cross off their list before they kick the proverbial (pink) bucket. Prepare to be taken on a roller-coaster of sex, excess and frivolity, as well as some more serious moments. Expect sarcasm, nudity and just a little bit of Love.

The line-up includes:


Venue

Jacksons Lane – London N6 5AA

269A Archway Rd,
London N6 5AA

Tel: 020 8340 5226
Web: http://www.jacksonslane.org.uk

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Nando Messias // Shoot the Sissy

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Photo credits: Holly Revell, Darrell Berry

Nando Messias //  Shoot the Sissy

Chelsea Theatre

Dates: 18 & 19-Oct

Time: 20:00 - 21:00

Tickets: £10

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What to expect…

WORLD PREMIERE

Gasp… Be amazed… Take aim… It’s a live target!

Nando Messias is back with his own disturbingly beautiful freak show — a queer menagerie of carnivalesque contortion and florid fantasy.

Back from the huge success of his national tour, The Sissy’s Progress, Messias brings our compulsive gaze closer to the bold fragility of his trademark body — a Sissy body.
His dangerous ingenuity and exquisite theatricality offers you secret insights into murky depths of doubt, terror and dreams. Come watch as he penetrates through fairground whispers into a microcosm of ordinary weirdness, wretchedness, deracination, and subjugation, all with immense tenderness and tenacity.

Roll up, don’t be shy…. come Shoot The Sissy!

Length of show: 50 mins.

 

Venue

Chelsea Theatre – London SW10 0DR

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

Tel: 020 7352 1967
web: http://www.chelseatheatre.org.uk

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AN ‘EVENING-IN’ with JINKX & PEACHES

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Photo credits: Peter Podworski

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

Toynbee studios

Dates: 19-Oct

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What to expect…

WORLD PREMIERE – ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!

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………

AN EVENING WITH JINKX MONSOON & PEACHES CHRIST
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

 

Venue

Toynbee Studios – London E1 6AB

28 Commercial St,
London E1 6AB

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

 

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Peaches Christ & Jinkx Monsoon // Return To Grey Gardens

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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…

UK/LONDON PREMIERE

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR SPECIAL AFTER PARTY STAUNCH DETAILS UP SOON

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).

Venue

Toynbee Studios – London E1 6AB

28 Commercial St,
London E1 6AB

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