SQUIDS IN: A Queer Cabaret Open Mic

We are collaborating our queer minds to bring you SQUIDS IN! 

Bringing you great talent from Reading’s queer artists for one magical night on zoom, the space where dreams thrive. After the year we’ve had… I think we deserve to virtually blossom.

We want queer people and allies to rally together in a supportive space and celebrate queer art through a variety of performances. From absurd to mainstream, experimental to completely unoriginal: we love it all! We are getting together (digitally) and showing appreciation for what queer artists have to say right now. 

We’ve invited a range of both emerging and established Reading artists to share. Some will bring you a tour de force of cutting edge drag and visual art, others will use their stupendous vocals to charm you. By attending we love you for supporting queer artists at a tricky time and by attending you’ll love yourself for having a cracking good time in a virtual room of lovely people.

We cannot wait to showcase some of the amazing queer talent that Reading has to offer in an inclusive and vibrant farewell to lockdown (until the next one?!).

This event will occur on zoom at 8pm on Thursday 13th May. The hosts and some performers will be streaming live from South Street Arts Centre.

Event running time: 1 hour 15 minutes approx

If you would like to contribute/perform/be involved, there will be space to do so within the event but so we can accommodate you over zoom, please email agirlcalledstephen@gmail.com at least 24 hours before the event with a description of what you would like to do. Please bear in mind what you share should be 5 minutes or under.

If you have any access needs, please feel free to email agirlcalledstephen@gmail.com.

If you cannot pay for a live ticket but wish to attend, please contact us on agirlcalledstephen@gmail.com and we will arrange free entry. No-one will be turned away for lack of funds.

***An important note***

SQUIDS IN is a queer centred space; all genders, expressions, sexualities are welcome. Zero tolerance for harassment/discrimination. No transphobia, homophobia, racism, islamophobia, anti-semitism, body shaming, whorephobia, fatphobia, sexism, disablism/ableism.

About the event producers

This event is co-produced by A Girl Called Stephen Theatre who are funding the event via a grant from Arts Council England.

A Girl Called Stephen Theatre is a Reading-based queer theatre company that aims to celebrate and vocalise the stories of the LGBTQIA+ community and/or women. They have just been funded by Arts Council England to develop a new take on a classic play. To get updates, follow them on social media:

@agcstheatre on Twitter

@agirlcalledstephen on Instagram/Facebook

Double Okay is your dream queer & trans* artist trio, comprised of Ollie Musson, G K Field & Oren Shoesmith. They work closely with local venues & organisations in Reading, creating bridges between both local queer and arts communities. Double Okay hosts a wide range of events, from cabaret nights & exhibitions to zine workshops, privileging LGBTQIA+ people and artists within our experimental creative spaces.

@wearedoubleokay on Instagram/Facebook

This is a virtual event occurring on zoom at 8pm on Thursday 13th May.

We would live to say a massive thank you to South Street Arts Centre and Rising Sun Arts Centre for their support of this event.


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