Well Birmingham, May is in full swing and Birmingham Pride is only a few weeks away. There is so much queer goodness coming your way over the next few weeks we just had to tell you about it all.
So in the run up to Birmingham Pride here’s SHOUT’s top picks for Queer Arts and Culture coming your way over the next month (and trust us, you don’t want to miss out on any of it). Oh, and don’t forget you can join us at the Birmingham LGBT Centre from 1:30pm on Saturday 27th May (after the Pride Parade) for an afternoon of free acoustic sessions and short films (see below for details).
SHOUT RECOMMENDS: PRIDE IN BIRMINGHAM
BOURGEOIS & MAURICE: How To Save The Universe Without Really Trying
May 27, 8:30pm, Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome, £17
"Ridiculously funny...razor sharp social political satire"
Critically acclaimed musical satirists Bourgeois & Maurice make their debut at Birmingham Hippodrome’s Patrick Centre with their out-of-this-world Edinburgh Fringe smash hit.
Digging their shellac nails deep into our post-modern, post-gender, post-Brexit world the demented duo deliver their most hilarious, scathing and joyfully cynical show yet. Riotous original songs meet hyper surreal, high fashion, in this provocative, thought-provoking and hysterical catwalk through the quagmire of current affairs.
To book tickets and for further details click here, and don’t miss out on the first UK tour of the iconic musical ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ also playing at the Hippodrome from May 16th-20th.
May 26-27, 6pm,
Birmingham REP, £10
Joan of Arc as you’ve never seen it before! A SHOUT Favourite from the 2016 Edinburgh Festival.
Performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, history's greatest gender-warrior takes to the stage, dragging up as the men she defies in this smash-hit show.
A fearless solo play, with uproarious songs, about what it means to stand out, stand up and stand alone.
Click here for more info and tickets.
BIRMINGHAM CABARET FESTIVAL: DUSTY LIMITS 'GRIN'
Sat 27 May, 8pm, The Old Joint Stock Theatre
Back again for 2017 is the Birmingham Cabaret Festival at The Old Joint Stock Theatre, bringing the best of the UK’s cabaret scene to the heart of Birmingham’s City Centre. This year’s programme is packed with incredible acts and a whole host of talent – you can check out the whole line-up here.
'Grin' is the result of over a decade of collaboration between two of the UK's most celebrated cabaret artists. Dusty Limits, described by Time Out magazine as 'The Trailblazer', is a singer, actor, director, writer and compere noted for his powerful three-octave voice and his brilliance as an interpreter of song. Michael Roulston is a composer, performer and musical director who has worked with the crème de la crème of cabaret. Together they wrote and recorded 'Grin', an album of cabaret songs ranging widely in style and theme, by turns amusing, provocative, and heart-breaking. They will perform the songs from the album, plus a couple of extras thrown in for laughs, in a show that draws its audience into their darkly glittering world.
For more details and to book tickets click here.
May 31, Town Hall, 8pm
“A delicious comic creation.” - The Independent
The A-List queen of the skies, plans to land the Louboutins on international turf and hit the tarmac running, with her celebratory 20th anniversary UK tour.
Iconic international celebrity airhostess Pam Ann has evolved since first jetting out of her hometown of Melbourne 20 years ago. Pam – the alter-ego of Australian comedian-writer-producer Caroline Reid – has developed cult-status with her masterful portrayal of a brash hot mess of an Australian hostess. She herself says, as the airports got bigger, so did her ego… and her mouth filthier.
THE ALT CLUB, May 27-28, The Nightingale, Birmingham Pride
This year Birmingham Pride has launched a new alternative stage, and we couldn’t be more excited. In addition to this year’s stellar line up, The Alt Club brings the best in club culture and performance to the city headline acts include Cakes da Killa and Mykki Blanco!
A stage of club nights, a vogue ball, International, national and local talent to celebrate Birmingham Pride.
Saturday - Cakes Da Killa , Dai Burger, Jay Jay Revlon Ft London Ballroom Scene, Ni-Kü, B*TCH SLAP NIGHT, WUT? CLUB, Killglass.
Sunday - Mykki Blanco, Pxssy Palace. Fierce Festival, Moschino Hoe, Versace Hottie, UrbanSlag Birmingham, BITCH SLAP NIGHT
It will be hosted in the Nightingale Club over the the daytimes of pride weekend, and the best bit? Entry is included in the standard Pride wristband price, so grab your tickets now from www.Birminghampride.com
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SATURDAY 27th MAY - Acoustic Chill at Birmingham Pride, 1:30-5:30pm
Birmingham LGBT will play host to the ever popular ‘Acoustic Chill’ event in Cakes and Ladders Café at the LGBT Centre. Join us for an afternoon of some of Birmingham’s favourite acoustic singers performing throughout the afternoon. Join us for a coffee and an afternoon of superb entertainment starting straight after the Parade. During the afternoon we will also be screening a specially curated afternoon of LGBT short films. Further activities to be announced.
SUNDAY 28th MAY - COMMUNITY DAY 12-6:30pm
A day of free performances and events will take place at Birmingham LGBT Headlined by critically-acclaimed and award-winning author V.G. Lee, who will charm us with her witty and incisive observations and stand-up comedy
MONDAY 29th MAY - BANK HOLIDAY BONANZA - all day
A day of free events and activities around the city including 'Giggle @ Pride!', Comedy at the Fox (doors 3pm, performance 5pm). The Fox and MY Comedy proudly presents live stand up from Debra-Jane Appelby, Julie Jepson, Lindsey Santoro – hosted by Maureen Younger. Doors open 3pm, with comedy from 5pm, 17 Lower Essex St.
To find out about all of Birmingham LGBT’s FREE events (funded by Birmingham Pride) over pride click here.
Alok Vaid Menon: Femme in Public II, MONDAY 29th MAY
UNMUTED x Fierce Festival Presents An evening of electric performance poetry with critically acclaimed New York Artist Alok Vaid Menon.
What feminine part of yourself did you have to destroy in order to survive in this world? At what point does femininity become synonymous with apology? Who hurt the people who hurt you?
Let’s figure it out. Join for a night of poetry, comedy, and performance with Alok Vaid-Menon
Alok Vaid-Menon (they/them) is a nonbinary transfeminine writer, entertainer, and performance artist. Alok has been invited to perform, speak, and facilitate at universities, conferences, and organizations across the world; their work has been featured in various outlets like HBO, MTV, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, The New York Times, The New Yorker, TEDx and more.
SALOME: June 2 - Sept 6, Swan Theatre (RSC)
Salomé has fascinated and inspired artists across the ages. Oscar Wilde’s lyrical one-act drama – originally banned in Britain – reinvents Salomé as a powerful and enigmatic figure, both erotic and chaste.
Marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, Owen Horsley (Associate Director on the King & Country season) directs this new, contemporary take on Oscar Wilde’s classic, placing sexual ambiguity at the core.
QUEER QUESTION TIME: June 6, 7:30pm
At a time when the country is more divided than ever, the forthcoming general election is likely to be one of the most heated for a generation.
Ahead of the upcoming general election, Birmingham LGBT in partnership with Birmingham REP are presenting a Queer Question Time to give you chance to hear from and put your questions to electoral candidates from across the Midlands, who will be joined on the panel by human rights and LGBT campaigner Peter Tatchell. This is a free event but booking is essential, for more details click here.