Worst. Date. Ever


Photos – Nikolas Louka

Varjack & Simpson // Worst. Date. Ever

The Glory

Dates: 30 September

Time: 19:30 - 22:00

Tickets: £10

Book Tickets

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


Photo credits: all images provided by House of Idiot

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