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've been involved in establishing and developing the Queer Spaces Network (QSN), which brings together promoters, producers, programmers, directors, venue owners and others with an interest in supporting and maintaining spaces for LGBTQI performance to take place. This has included collaborating on some important research being undertaken by the UCL Urban Lab.
In the future we will be working with other organisations to develop and promote performance events and an educational programme for the general public. We also plan to begin a professional development programme for young and emerging queer performers.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
The work of Raze is determined and directed by our Board:
Beck Tadman: 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: planning consultant with expertise in nightlife venues and queer spaces.
Tim Other: professional audience member, charity worker and organiser in residence.
Support on special projects including Raze Collective Weekend festival at the Southbank Centre has come from:
- Ruby Glaskin: project manager, also a theatre producer at Milk Presents.
Dex Grodner: communications director, also a facilitator for Gendered Intelligence.
We are always looking for new members to join the board, so if you are interested please send an email to:
tim at razecollective dot com
And we get special advice from our Advisory Committee:
Liv Morris: one half of acclaimed queer performance duo Bourgeois & Maurice.
R. Justin Hunt: Adjunct Professor of Performance and Sexuality Studies, Syracuse University, London and Executive Producer at Chisenhale Dance Space
Ben Walters: writer on cabaret and queer space, author of successful application to make the Royal Vauxhall Tavern the UK's first LGBTQ+ listed building.
Joe Parslow: PhD candidate and director of Her Upstairs, a new queer-led performance space and bad in Camden, London, producer of The Meth Lab (formerly at The Black Cap).
Dr J: photographer, producer and promoter at The Queer Embassy.
Raze Collective Weekend
THE QUEERS ARE TAKING OVER THE WORLD!!!
Starting with the Southbank Centre.
Part of Summer at Southbank, we’re bringing three jam-packed days of cabaret, dance, theatre and music to the Riverside Terrace outside the Royal Festival Hall.
As a charity dedicated to promoting queer performers and venues, we feel lucky to provide a much-needed daytime space for LGBTQ people, their friends and families. But don’t rush off because we’ll be partying well into the night.
Bring your suntan lotion and stay hydrated. Bring money for drinks and food.
We’re privileged to be sharing the stage with the best of London’s music and nightlife scene.
The Cocoa Butter Club
Nostalgia of Mothership
Figs in Wigs
See below for a full lineup // AUG 10-12TH.
Glam-spangling daytime lewks are a must.
Let’s make the Southbank shine!!
THIS FESTIVAL IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
FRIDAY 10TH AUG
5 PM - THE COCOA BUTTER CLUB
Shake off that dry dusty feeling and get ready to lotion up, with a generous dose of Cocoa Butter; A spirited soiree celebrating performers of colour. Hosted by Sadie Sinner The Songbird with a line-up including: Rhys's Pieces, Sunny The Snakeboy (Snake Boy Sunny), Symoné and Afrooankali.
8:30PM - NOSTALGIA OF MOTHERSHIP
Fusing funk rock, electronica and disco into an irresistible interstellar overdrive of sound and vision Nostalgia of Mothership are a cosmic collision of creative hearts and forces from every walk of London’s underground musical universe.
10PM-12 JOSH CAFFE (DJ)
Nostalgia of Mothership's own will be DJing until midnight
12 NOON - FIGS IN WIGS
Aficionados of deadpan dancing and pointless party games, Figs in Wigs are taking over the Southbank! Expect lip syncs, line dances, world record attempts, sing alongs and much more. Featuring some of their best friends from the live art and cabaret world including: Fancy Chance, Ginger Johnson (House Of Johnson), JOEY FOURR, The ShayShay Show and Yoko Fomo (Emma Kroeger). Small people and their adults are encouraged to join in, as well as everyone else.
8:30 PM - NIMMO
Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett lead their electro-pop outfit on a deliciously dark journey to dancefloor gold.
10PM - 12 - CHAKA KHAN'T (DJ)
Figs in Wigs' own will be DJing until midnight.
12 NOON - 6PM - BAR WOTEVER TAKEOVER
Bar Wotever presents a vibrant stage for both up and coming and well established LGBT and queer Drag Artists, Performers, Spoken Word artists and Musicians. Line-up includes Doctor Woof, Creature Cramps, Sherika Sherard, Rhys Hollis’ Pieces and many many more...
Bar Wotever includes:
Rubyyy Jones // Creature Crampss // Billie Butch // Silver Tears // Ray Filar // Orlando // Bae Sharam // Lolo Brow (Lolo O'Neill) // PJ Samuels // Adam and Apple //
Iron&Sparks // Live Music // Sherika Sherard // MI // RI //
Valerio Lysander // Ester Turner // Veledrome // Drag // Mark Anthony // CHIYO // Rhys' Pieces // BABY LAME // FKA // Don One // Oedipussi // Veronice Montenegro // Doctor Woof //
Bar Wotever Residentials
Drag King Benjamin Butch
Zayn Phallic Phallic
Katy Jalili aka Cool Dad
Lineup subject to change. Updates to come so watch this space.
QUEER PERFORMERS NETWORK MEETING
6:30 - 8:30pm
The Blue Room, Southbank Centre
Hosted by performance artist Brian Lobel, Raze is excited to offer this invaluable space to meet other practitioners, share thoughts and work.
Please CLICK HERE for our Facebook for more regular updates.
The next Queer Spaces Network meeting is TBC
There are a number of ways to get involved with Raze's work. We run two networks to bring people together and discuss issues relating to LGBTQI+ performers and performance:
Queer Spaces Network
Raze hosts a network of people interested in LGBTQI+ spaces, particularly in London. This includes those that host performances, but also other cultural and social spaces important to the community. The group currently includes venue owners, managers, performers, programmers, promoters, audience members, writers and many others.
Currently we manage a discussion group to keep people updated on issues - if you would like to join please email tim [at] razecollective [dot] com.
We also host regular meetings to bring the community together, and are currently working on a vision of LGBTQI+ culture for London in collaboration with the GLA. Please do get in touch if you would like to be involved with this. The date of the next meeting is on the events page.
Queer performers network
This is a networking and support group that meets socially once a quarter to bring performers together to discuss issues across the scenes. Often performers will share their experience of working in the industry and it is a forum to offer advice and support.
The date of the next meeting is on the events page.