Last summer our Riverside Terrace was sparkling and swaying in the sunshine as we collaborated with 15 LGBTQI+ organisations from across London to curate DJ sets, live music, comedy, cabaret and performances. It all seems so long ago.
As the current lockdown means we can’t celebrate Pride as we’d hoped right now, we reached out to some of the groups who joined us last summer so see what they’re up to during this year’s Pride. And so as you can’t go to Pride, let Pride come to you, with this quartet of events you can access and enjoy without leaving your home.
Razed & Confuzed GOES DIGITAL sees Raze Collective team up with Something To Aim For, for special online event. Together they’ve commissioned four brilliant artists – Mr Wesley Dykes, Symone, Barbs and Brain – to GO DIGITAL and create magic online and keep you entertained from the comfort of your own space. Join them for an evening of captivating cabaret, colossal confessions and cult curiosity on Friday 26 June.
The Cocoa Butter Club are teaming up with Roundhouse to do a Pride take over – Pride Inside – with gender-bending, genre-ending sweetheart Lychee Bye delivering juicy blend of chair acrobatics, striptease and erotic floor work. Time to stop sitting on your chair and start dancing on it; join in from the comfort of your own space on Friday 26 June.
Drag Syndrome is the world’s first collective of drag kings and queens with down’s syndrome. For this year’s Pride month, they’ll be taking part in (deep breath) Nina West x Drag Syndrome x Special Olympics x Spread The Word Campaign. It’s scheduled for 6pm UK time, Thursday 25 June, on their Instagram channel. We’re not entirely sure what it entails, but we’re very keen to find out.
Pecs Drag Kings are an all-female/non-binary theatre and cabaret company who’ve been creating critically acclaimed shows for the LGBTQ+ community since 2013. Through their drag king cabarets and theatre shows, they explore gender identities, politics and sexuality to create cultural space for queer women, trans* and non-binary folk. Their shows are sexy, raucous and highly entertaining, using songs, dances and comedy to celebrate inclusivity, queerness and community. The group have recently started to share tutorials on their Instagram account, so we’ve picked out their Victor Victorious ‘Berlin Boy’ Drag King Makeup Tutorial to get you started on your Drag King journey.
The show must go on(line)
Sadly, for everyone’s safety, our venues are currently closed. But you can still get your Southbank Centre fix online. We will continue to share inspiring and thought-provoking arts stories through our website and social channels.
As a charity, we rely on ticket sales for a huge chunk of our income. But now they’ve stopped. And it's a huge worry to us, and the people we work with. We all need the escape of art and culture; it can inspire and unite us. So please – if you can afford to – consider a donation to the Southbank Centre today, to help us be there for you in the future.