Werk 15th-21st Jan '17
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Dry January... yeah, who's that? For real tho, any fears that this month would be a slow one have very quickly been allayed by a sea of good shit to dip your toe into this week. Not least the biggest Trans exhibition ever held in the UK, the mental illness cabaret so you can expecto patronum all your anxiety away and the Double R Club re-imagining David Lynch and fuckin' with ya brains. If all that doesn't tempt you to put down your device for the night, you may have a problem.
Real talk: we all know someone struggling with mental health issues. It comes as no surprise then that, despite the fun, the sex and the bucket loads of glitter, the cabaret community do too. Online discussions in the cabaret community got people starting to talk about their experiences of living with mental illness or supporting people who had. Naturally this conversation came to fruition with the decision to hold a cabaret fundraiser to support Rethink Mental Illness (as you do).
It's been 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality. To celebrate and reflect on the anniversary of this landmark in queer history, RVT are hosting a panel discussion on the future of queer venues with London's new Night Czar, RVT Future’s Chairs, Cllr Jack Hopkins. Then RVT will do what they do best, and throw a big bad blowout, obvs.
Tonight's cabaret is inspired by the work of David Lynch, so expect to be mystified with eccentricity, weird humour and surrealism galore. In true Lynchian fashion, the performers are a tad cryptic but at least their stage names are on fleek, including the likes of Snake Fervor who communes with fire, and dead homecoming queen Lydia Darling.
Right, so the Museum of Transology is gonna be so.fucking.sick. It’s the largest display of trans artefacts ever in the UK, curated by Fashion historian and trans-activist E-J Scott, in the hope of toppling that worldwide epidemic we like to call heteronormativity, cisgenderism and total bigotry.
DJ Hannah Holland and photographer, videographer and DJ Cathal O’Brien have started Club Vada as a kind of "middle fingers up, wave dem hands high" reaction to the disappearance of queer hotspots like the Black Cap and Madame JoJo's which, we can all agree, is a fucking travesty.