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Political: A Gender – 1st September

The Cutlery Drawer presents… Political: A Gender! Join us for a night to remember as we celebrate gender-transgressive voices and the powerful people behind them. Cabaret, comedy, music, poetry – it’s all here, and every penny of profit goes to gender-diversity advocates Gendered Intelligence.

£7 entrance (£5 concessions/unwaged)
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Open 7pm-2am, the show begins at 8 with the first of our short poetry sets! Sensational queer poetry will be sprinkled throughout the rest of the night: featured poets include Chroma editor Sophie Mayer and the legendary Roz Kaveney.

Radical queer cabaret collective Lashings of Ginger Beer Time bring us their brain-titillating mix of corsets, show-tunes, and political rage; sensational stand-up Sally Outen joins them with a set covering everything from dinosaur impressions to the lighter side of genital surgery.

The dashing pianist and singer-songwriter CN Lester treats us to their unique combination of low-fi smoky sensuality and pure angelic vocals, including music from upcoming album Ashes.

Also headlining is award-winning film-maker and artist Jason Elvis Barker, who will be entertaining us with his sharply-observed stand-up comedy

Short sets of poetry and stand-up will continue into the night: keep an eye out for Elaine O’Neill, Noah Gibney, Hel Gurney, James Webster, Jo Johnson, and Naith Payton. Killer Queen’s DJ Ruth Pearce will also be filling the air with a wide range of trans/queer alternative tunes!

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern is wheelchair-accessible and has gender-neutral toilet facilities. Seating is available. There is no designated quiet space.

Moulin Rage! The results are in…

Well, what a success for The Cutlery Drawer’s first event! We had around 70 people enjoying themselves in the Ballroom while our the performers made us laugh, think, and cry – and best of all, we took a total of ¬£450! Factoring in expenses, that’s ¬£385 for Rape Crisis South London, which has just this moment been paid by direct bank transfer. What a triumph! Stay tuned for information about our next event, and perhaps even a more detailed write-up of Moulin Rage itself…

Moulin Rage! 27th July

The Cutlery Drawer presents… MOULIN RAGE! A night of cabaret, music, and activism! All proceeds go to Rape Crisis South London.

Wednesday 27th July 2011
The Dogstar (2nd floor – The Ballroom), 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton
Open 7-11:30pm, music 7:30-11pm
£6 waged, £4 unwaged
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Lashings of Ginger Beer Time – radical queer feminist burlesque collective, combining musical theatre optimism with 21st-century political rage.
Bunny Morethan – feminist cabaret artist and storyteller who puts the ‘camp’ into ‘campaigning’
The Mechanisms – deliciously dramatic dieselpunk cabaret, blending traditional folk with a science-fiction edge
CN Lester – dashing pianist and singer-songwriter with a dark, low-fi style
Ruth Pearce – rocking DJ whose past sets include NUS Women’s Conference, Reclaim the Night,¬† and her own LGBTQ rock night Killer Queen

Rape Crisis South London (aka RASASC – Rape And Sexual Abuse Support Centre) is London’s oldest rape crisis centre – and was, until 2010, London’s only rape crisis centre. RASASC runs a free national helpline which can be reached on 0808 802 9999 as well as in-person counselling services.

The Dogstar Ballroom is on the second floor, and does not have step-free access. Please accept The Cutlery Drawer’s apologies for this. It is one level up, with two flights of stairs (21 steps in total) approximately 1.5m wide and a handrail going all the way up. The door is to the right of the ground floor bar.
There is one gender-neutral and wheelchair-accessible bathroom on the ground floor, on the left side of the bar: it is usually locked and opened only as required, but the venue has agreed to keep it unlocked for this event. There is a considerable amount of seating available in the Ballroom. There is no designated “quiet area” but efforts will be made on the night to make a quiet space available for those who require it.
If you have any access needs that have not been addressed, please get in touch.