WHAT IS Raze?
Raze is a charity established to support, develop and nurture queer performance in the UK. We have defined queer performance as "performing arts undertaken by people who identify as Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Intersex (LGBTQI+) or that contains LGBTQI themes, content or context."
We're called Raze as the organisation was established in response to queer spaces being razed, through the threats and closures of many queer performance spaces in London and elsewhere around the UK, such as The Royal Vauxhall Tavern (Vauxhall), The Black Cap (Camden) and Madame JoJo's (Soho). We're a collective as we bring together people working in different aspects of the queer performance community, including performers, producers, promoters, directors, venue owners, academics and audience members in order to protect and promote queer performance for everyone.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We host a regular Queer Performers Network (QPN), which is an informal gathering of performers to discuss issues and offer advice and support across the scene.
We commission new work from artists and act as a producer for events showcasing queer performers and performance. Check our Facebook and Instagram for upcoming shows and opportunities!
We established and ran the Queer Spaces Network (QSN) between 2015 and 2018, which brought together promoters, producers, programmers, directors, venue owners and others with an interest in supporting and maintaining spaces for queer performance to take place. This included collaborating on some important research being undertaken by the UCL Urban Lab.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
The work of Raze is determined and directed by our Board:
Beck Tadman (Chair): producer with an academic interest in queer performance. www.becktadman.com
Tam Vibert: experienced venue manager, queer nightlife veteran, now of the Outside Project and Vogue Fabrics Dalston.
Steve Hignell: an expert in cultural strategy, policy and impact analysis, with over ten years of practitioner and consulting experience, as a public servant and as an independent consultant and project manager.
Krishna Istha: performer, live artist and theatre maker.
Sadie Sinner: singer, producer and founder at The Cocoa Butter Club.
Jamie Tagg: Director at East Creative.
Tim Other: producer and promoter.
Our operations and management staff include:
Ruby Glaskin: project manager, also a theatre producer at Milk Presents.
Rachel Gammon: operations manager, also one of the Figs in Wigs.
We are always looking for new members to join the board so please get in touch if you feel you would be suitable.