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David Hoyle // The Prime of Ms David Hoyle

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Photo Credits – Holly Revell

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.

Venue

Chelsea Theatre – London SW10 0DR

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

Tel: 020 7352 1967

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Kate O’Donnell // Hayley & Me

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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…

LONDON PREMIERE

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

 

Venue

Royal Vauxhall Tavern – London SE11 5HY

372 Kennington Ln,
London SE11 5HY

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

 

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The Amy Grimehouse presents: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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Photo Credits – The Amy Grimehouse

The Amy Grimehouse // Hedwig and the Angry Inch

@ Brunnel Museum (Sinking Shaft)

Dates: 28 Sep

Doors: 18:30 - 22:00 (Film 19:30, other activity from 18:30)

Tickets: £12/10

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What to expect…

WORLD PREMIERE EVENT

The Amy Grimehouse find themselves in a venue historically known as the sinking shaft, so what better than to do a special presentation of ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’.  With host Baby Lame, prepare for a heavy dose of glitter, glamour, gummy bears and gender fuckery.

Dressing up IS encouraged!

The Amy Grimehouse is a cinema/arts club night that celebrates trashy, camp, cult and transgressive film, art and books, we marry the feature up with experiential activities, audience participation and generally vile behaviour.

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT PLEASE CHECK THE EVENT PAGE FOR RETURNS/SALES

https://www.facebook.com/events/623638381132193/

Venue

Brunel Museum – SE16 4LF

Railway Ave,
London SE16 4LF
Web: http://www.brunel-museum.org.uk/

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Worst. Date. Ever

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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!

Who?

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

Venue

The Glory – London E2 8AS

281 Kingsland Road
London E2 8AS

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

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Eilidh MacAskill // STUD + special guest Edythe Woolley

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Photo credit: Eilidh MacAskill

Eilidh MacAskill // STUD + special guest Edythe Woolley

Hackney Showroom

Dates: 01-Oct

Times: 19:30 - 21:00

Tickets: £10/8

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What to expect…

A one-woman queer comedy about masculinity, horses, Dr Freud and DIY

A cowboy, a DIY expert and Sigmund Freud walk into a stable…

In this hilarious queer solo show, Eilidh MacAskill bares all to swagger through masculinity, machismo and misogyny in a fully-frontal, yet thoughtful meditation inspired by Freud’s theories of sexuality and how they continue to influence us today.

As Freud would have it, this masculine-identifying lesbian is clearly missing something important. Is trying on a series of macho identities a clear case of penis envy, or is that a load of horseshit? A stripped back show for anyone who likes their psychoanalysis heteronormative and their cowboys in the buff.

“Wonderful edgy gender fun” Kate Bornstein, Gender Outlaw

“A DIY horse whispering of gender identity…incredibly likeable and enjoyable… genuinely thought-provoking” Lewis Church, Exeunt

Eilidh MacAskill is a Glasgow-based live artist creating work for both adults and children with a current focus on gender and queerness.

Length of show: 50 mins

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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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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Double Bill: Jamal Gerald + Joely Fielding

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Photo Credits: Main image (Jamal Gerald by Mark West) / Joely Fielding Images (Julia Bauer)

Double Bill:
Jamal Gerald (FADoubleGot) + Joely Fielding (This is your sex life)

Hackney Showroom

Dates: 04-Oct

Time: 19:30 - 22:00

Tickets: £10/8

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What to expect…

Jamal Gerald (FADoubleGot)

Inspired by a black gay experience, this autobiographical piece focuses on the ups and downs of pride and self-loathing. Through storytelling, spoken word and live art, Jamal Gerald develops the courage to tell his story of how he learned to celebrate his individuality, by embracing the slurs that were thrown his way, and how to wear labels without shame.

“Jamal Gerald is, intensely, fiercely himself on stage, in a show that highlights the idea that the way the world is structured forces some ways of life into a form of survival. And all that noise can be given the finger.” – EXEUNT

Length of show: 50min-1hr

Joely Fielding (This is your sex life)

LONDON PREMIERE

An autobiographical performance that borrows from live art, storytelling and cabaret – This Is Your Sex Life invites you to join Joely in opening the big red book of her sexual history – from being 10 years old with a fetish for rope, through to what happened (maybe) last night.

In 2015 Joely started to trace her sexual history, writing up the stories that felt significant. She found that in different ways these experiences had been, and were continuing to affect the kind of sex that she was having (or not having). So we’re going to put some music on and have a clear out. We’re going to go through the old stories, the newer stories, and have a think about what Joely might want to try and chuck out, and what she might want to keep for her sexual future. 

Written and devised by Joely Fielding,

Performed with James Rowling

Length of show: 50min

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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Mark Leeming // Bearded Brutes

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Photo Credits: Mark Leeming

Mark Leeming // Bearded Brutes

Richmix // Mezzanine Gallery

Dates: 05-Oct to 28-Oct

Time: Mon to Fri, 09:00-11:00 / Sat & Sun 10:00–23:00

FREE EVENT

What to expect…

WORLD PREMIERE

Bearded Brutes is the world premier of the hyper-coloured and uber-stylised photographic exhibition by Mark Leeming. It blurs conventional perceptions of masculinity and femininity using beards, make-up, glitter and digital manipulation. Striking and in-your-face Bearded Brutes celebrate visibility within the LGBTQI community. The 24 portraits not only explore the feminine in the masculine (and vice-a-versa) they also reveal a little of each models unique personality and challenge the viewer to reassess definitions of beauty.

Join us at 6pm on 5 October for our Open House. A chance to get a sneak peak at the exhibition. Including a free film programme of shorts curated by Fringe! from 20:00 – www.fringefilmfest.com Beard make-over station and photo booth. And Wine.

BRAND NEW brutes, shot especially for London will be revealed as part of the exhibition.

With thanks to our glorious print supporter/sponsor KLEIN IMAGING

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Venue

Rich Mix Cultural Foundation – London E1 6LA

35-47 Bethnal Green Rd,
London E1 6LA

Tel: 020 3095 9747
Web: https://www.richmix.org.uk

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KRUSH featuring Susie Sykes (from ‘Dated’) @ The Glory

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Photo Credits: KRUSH / Susie Sykes by David Angel.

Krush // LGBT networking – featuring Susie Sykes (from ‘Dated’)

@ The Glory

Dates: 06-Oct

Time: 19:00-23:00

Tickets: £15 (including a Free drink)

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What to expect…

Come and join KRUSH at a special-soon-to-be-announced London location for the chance to meet like-minded LGBT people who appreciate the value of face-to-face networking. Included in the ticket is entrance to an exclusve venue, a free welcome drink and a great night of networking in a truly unique environment.

KRUSH uses non-intrusive techniques of encouraging people to network and you will never find anybody on their own at our events. So, whether you come on your own or with a group of friends, you can be sure of a great night out.

Special guest host Susie Sykes – ’Dated’ dating agency host and matchmaking entrepreneur – joins KRUSH and And What?, encouraging you to ditch the digital for a night of networking.

Are those apps making you angry? Social sites sucking your soul? Are you feeling those filofax days of face-to-face?

Join Susie to look to the past for inspiration, as we embrace the traditions of networking… and maybe each other?

Venue

The Glory – London E2 8AS

281 Kingsland Road
London E2 8AS

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

 

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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

FREE EVENT

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:

ADAM SPREADBURY-MAHER
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.

ALEXIS GREGORY
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.

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

SIAN DOCKSEY
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
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.

Venue

Ku Bar – London WC2H 7BA

30, Lisle St, London WC2H 7BA

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