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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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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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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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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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Double Bill: Ira Brand + David Sheppeard

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Photo credits: Duncan Jarvies / Ira Brand by Ellie Stamp
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Double Bill:
Ira Brand (Break Yourself) + David Sheppeard (Hard Graft)

Hackney Showroom

Dates: 13 Oct

Time: 1930 - 2200

Tickets: £10/8

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What to expect…

David Sheppeard (Hard Graft)

In Hard Graft David Sheppeard investigates how much can change between one generation of a family and the next and the lengths we go to bridge the divide.

A performance about reluctant fathers and wayward sons set against the backdrop of the occasional mining disaster and the fading industrial landscapes of South Wales.

Hard Graft is as elegantly and cleverly structured as a Chris Goode show. It’s as thoughtful, as self-aware as… well… as a Chris Goode show is.” Megan Vaughan

‘Highly Recommended Show’ Fringe Review

Length of show 1hr


Ira Brand (Break Yourself)

The thing I like about Springsteen is that all his songs are about blue-collar, American, working class, men. You know, men who work on the railroads, and in lumberyards. Real men. Im not really that kind of guy.

Meet Ollie. Hes a graphic designer. But he wants to be Bruce.

Break Yourself is a piece about the performance of identity and of gender. Performed in male drag, it is about the relationship between power and desire, the complex landscape of male and female sexual desire, and the desire to be something other. And its about Bruce Springsteen.

It is also an experiment in constructing personas and alternative identities. A risky, dishonest, head-first, whole-hearted, and perhaps slightly desperate attempt to try and be something we have never been before.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Commissioned by Ovalhouse. Supported by The Yard Theatre.

Length of show: 55 minutes

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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Steakhouse presents: Longer Wetter Faster Better

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Photo credits: Owen G Parry, photo by Maria Agio

Steakhouse presents: Longer Wetter Faster Better

RichMix /  Artsadmin / The Yard

Dates: 14 to 16-Oct

Times and Tickets see below Venue links:
Programme info here: STEAKHOUSE LIVE 2016
A three day festival of Live Art and Performance
14-16 October 2016 at Rich Mix, Artsadmin and the Yard Theatre in London
 
Steakhouse Live is back with its most ambitious festival yet. LONGER WETTER FASTER BETTER presents 25 artists for three days of rowdy, sensual and provocative performances. Taking place across three East London locations the pieces range from a 30sec showdown to an 8-hour irreverent re-enactment of Radio 4 Sunday broadcast. Glass will be shattered, skin will be tattooed, clothes will be set alight, paint will be thrown, hair will be singed and bums will shake.
FULL FESTIVAL TICKET PRICE: £35/32. (bought as individual tickets)

Venues

Artsadmin – London E1 6AB

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28 Commercial St, London
London E1 6AB

Tel: 020 7247 5102
Web: https://www.artsadmin.co.uk

 

Rich Mix Cultural Foundation – London E1 6LA

Book Rich Mix Tickets

35-47 Bethnal Green Rd,
London E1 6LA

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

 

The Yard Theatre – London E9 5EN

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Unit 2a Queen’s Yard,
London E9 5EN

Tel: 020 7100 1975
Web: www.theyardtheatre.co.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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End of the Pier

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Photo credits: Mirry / Flickr

Glenn Waldron // End of the Pier

Hackney Showroom

Dates: 21-Oct

Time: 19:30

Tickets: TBA

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What to expect…

WORLD PREMIERE – Work in Progress

“What is lost is not forgotten…” Hackney Showroom presents End of the Pier, an epic new play exploring gay life through the decades and the history of British pub drag. In this one-off live rehearsal, director Sam Curtis Lindsay and writer Glenn Waldron will be working with actors and performers in a work-in-progress script-in-hand showing of this  new play.

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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No Place Like Home (Queer Lates) @ Geffrye Museum

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No PLace Like Home (Queer Lates) @ Geffrye Museum

Geffrye Museum

Dates: 28-Oct

Times: 1800-2200

Tickets: £5

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What to expect…

An evening of Queer Mischief with some of your favorite LGBTQIA+ performers presented in the grounds of the Geffrye Museum. Programming by Hackney Showroom and  And What? Exploring ideas of Home.

 

Featuring a menagerie of the most essential Queer and LGBTQI artists including

SCOTTEE, FRAU WELT, LASANA SHABAZZ, IMPERMANENCE DANCE

TRAVIS ALABANZA & LA JOHNJOSPEH

as well as talk, a Queer Makers Market, Film programme, and food stalls (it’s got it all!), and hand picked for you from And What? Festival is…….

Butterflies and Dinner Ladies – Tom Marshman

Butterflies and Dinner Ladies has been developed as a short solo piece.  It is about the relationship between older women and gay men.  ‘It is a toast to the symbiosis of that particular relationship between the older lady, the spinster, widow, the old dear, the dames and duchess who steadfastly bring forth and help to bring about a change and transformation to create the emerging gay who comes out of the chrysalis to form the brightest of butterflies’.

Tom speaks a poetic text while stripping layers of dresses. In this piece Tom wears many old ladies dresses in various styles, patterns and materials, (some belonging to the aunties and grannies mentioned) gradually revealing his unclothed self.

The nylon dresses slide off the body in quite a lyrical way which responds to the music

Touch up/Good service – Lucille Power

Having cut her teeth performing in queer/ trans cabarets and clubs, Lucille and performers excite and challenge audiences with their anarchic and participatory performance interventions. Commissioned by Duckie, this piece has provoked and delighted queer audiences, utilising ‘play’ as a tool to investigate gender, power, queerness and class, audience members become part of this visually sumptuous spectacle, and leave the encounter in some way transformed. By turns, uproarous, spectacular, brutal, tongue in cheek, tender and absurd, this work eases us out of our comfort zones, encouraging us to embrace the disorder, and see what happens.

ALASKA By Cheryl Martin

Alaska is a funny, magical trip to the moon, with singing and dancing thrown in: one woman’s extraordinary story of how she survived growing up with severe depression.
Alaska, the one-woman-show, is inspired by writer-performer Cheryl Martin’s poetry collection, longlisted for the 2015 Polari Prize.
“I called the show ALASKA after a line in a Lou Reed song, Caroline Says II, that goes ‘It’s so cold in Alaska.’ I chose that because most of the time my emotions seem numb, frozen. Then something happens and they wake up.”

A raw and powerful performance, with humour, heart and soul, with stunning vocals and beautiful imagery in the storytelling. With one in four of us estimated to experience mental health difficulties at sometime in our lives, this is a story that touches everyone, whether first-hand or through family and friends.

“It is a devastatingly beautiful show, … poetic narrative and heart achingly profound… absolutely pioneering …people should go”– Chanje Kunda, performance poet and artist, Manchester Theatre Awards Nominee

Timberlina‘s Troubadour

Take a moment to free yourself from the tyranny of consumerism and eco-anxiety with an intimate soothsaying serenade from our in-house environminstrel guru- brought to you by Timberlina™

Venue

Geffrye Museum – London E2 8EA

136 Kingsland Rd,
London E2 8EA

Tel: 020 7739 9893
website: http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk