About Us

What is Raze?

Raze Collective 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 value representation, diversity and visibility while using Raze as a commissioning, development and networking platform to support the queer community with funding, opportunity and queer led spaces.  

 

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. 

 

We aim to protect and promote queer performance for everyone.

Ophelia, a drag queen sings into a microphone, she is smiling. She wears a snake skin effect shirt. She has long, blond-white hair. She stands on stage, with pink light behind her.
A group of nine people stand on a stage accepting applause. They are all smiling and appear happy, with arms raised. Some are in drag, some are wearing black. A short white woman holds a violin.They are flanked by a piano and drum kit. White roses are scattered on the stage in front of then, and a small speaker faces them on the ground.
A black man sings intensely into a microphone. He has shoulder length bcal and blond braids. He is of muscular build. He is wearing a tight shirt, black braces and a gold bangle with a yellow paper wristband. The whole image is basked in a reddish, orange light.

What we do

As a charity we are made up of a small group of dedicated people working within the queer community to support queer artists!

We develop, support and create queer performance in whatever form it comes in, whether that be theatre, cabaret, dance, film, sound, installation. If you have a need we are here to listen.

Raze Collective offers a range of support for artists and those working in the creative field, from access to rehearsal space, workshops and mentorship to a programme of networking events, live shows and funded projects. 

 - We host a regular Queer Performers Network (QPN) - an informal gathering of performers to discuss issues and offer advice and support across the scene. 

 - We host the Queer Clash Diary - Bringing together venues, producers, directors, promoters, programmers, and collectives from across the queer scene, Queer Clash Diary is an opportunity to meet your peers, share projects, plans and ideas and help shape the future of London's thriving queer scene. Taking the format of small group chats and wider networking discussions, this is a friendly and informal opportunity to build new connections in the capital’s LGBTQIA+ arts scene. Attendance is open to anyone who defines the work they make or present as queer

 

 - We commission new work from artists and act as a producer for events showcasing queer performers and performance.

Who is involved

Raze Collective projects are managed by a highly experienced team of industry leading professionals.

Our operations and management staff include:

Cassie Leon (In-house)

Producer, also producer with The Cocoa Butter Club.

Ruby Glaskin: (Project based)

Project manager, also a theatre producer at Milk Presents.

Fraser Buchanan: (In-house)

Assistant Producer, Social Media Manager and independent dance artist.

Lucy Hayhoe: (In-house)

QUAC General Manager, also an independent live artist.

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 The Chateau. 

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.

Tracy Gentles: Creative Director at Something Thing to Aim For.

Jamie Tagg: Director at East Creative.

Tim Other: Producer and promoter.

We are always looking for new members to join the board so please get in touch if you feel you would be suitable. 

We also have an Advisory Committee of experienced queer performers, producers, directors and academics who provide advice and guidance

Raze is also a member of the Queer Arts Consortium (QUAC). QUAC is a collaboration between  Raze Collective, And What? Queer Arts Festival, Fringe! Queer Arts & Film Festival and The Cocoa Butter Club. QUAC has been awarded funding through the Elevate programme from Arts Council England, to establish a partnership model of collaboration and shared services.

Two figures are lit with white light in the centre of a black background. One is a black, the other white. They are speaking into microphones on stands. They have matching makeup, red eyebrows and white semi-circles under their eyes. They are wearing loose light blue shirts with collars popped up and ties around their necks, they are also draped in pieces of yellow material.
Two white people embrace in a pose for the camera. One has closely shaven hair and is wearing all back, they grip onto the back of the other person who has their arms outstretched and is wearing a bright pink jumpsuit and multicoloured jacket. Both are smiling for the camera. The backdrop is that of a festival in the summertime.
A close up of an asian performer singing into a microphone. Her black long hair is down. She has neatly applied blue eyeshadow painted in a delicate triangle shape. She is wearing a long sleeved tight fitting bcal top. Bluish white light hits her face. The backdrop is dark.
A close up on the face of drag thing Odeipussy Rex. They have a beard made from white and blue flowers and a matching headdress, ontop of long reddish hair. A cardboard horn protrudes from their head. They have exaggerated white and blue make up. They are talking into a microphone with intensity.
A wide shot of a concert. On the right hand side is the audience seated on chairs. In the foreground we can see a grand piano, with a pianist seated at it. On stage are multiple instruments and musicians and a performer. The performer is dressed in a long white and black striped dress. They are holding a dustbin lid and a hammer.
Close up of Afrooankali’s upper body and face. They are wearing a multi coloured leotard. One arm is raised in front of their face, from the arm drapes a long light blue fringe through which we can just see their painted face. Their face is painted white with exaggerated blue eyebrows and lips.