The Kingdom Come!

Saturday 26th November 2016 marked several firsts for us and Sheffield. It was the first time Sheffield had its own drag king night (to our knowledge), the first time we had produced an event at Walkley Community Centre, and the first time we brought together an all gender crowd to celebrate queer culture. Both of us have been producing events for a number of years, but this was the first time Andro and Eve had done something at this scale and it was both scary and exhilarating! On all fronts we can say; we pulled it off!

img_8517Benjamin Butch performing their first act at The Kingdom Come, November 2016.

With over 80 people turning out to watch this cabaret show with a difference, many in drag costume, there was a great atmosphere on the night. The homemade cakes went down a treat and the drag kings brought their best; we’ve not laughed so hard in a long time. Highlights for us included, Benjamin Butch and Suzy the mop, Adam All beatboxing, and Apple Derrieres’ solo medley about her vagina. It was truly silly, surreal and fabulous.

‘Such a great night. Had a lot of fun; we don’t get enough of this in Sheffield. Thank-you’.                   – Audience feedback

We’ve been so happy to hear and read the positive comments from the audience, and really enjoyed meeting so many different people. Because of this, we already have plans for the next one. Watch this space! Thank you to all who supported this new night, and especially Adam All and Apple Derrieres for helping us curate such a good show. If you want to get involved in what we do, we’re always keen to collaborate. Just drop us a line at [email protected]

img_8800Apple Derrieres and Adam All onstage at The Kingdom Come. November 2016.

So what’s a drag king night?

Since starting Andro and Eve in May 2016 we’ve been keen to promote the wonderful and surreal queer art of drag kings. Most people know what a drag queen is, and many will have watched RuPaul’s Drag Race, even if they have not been to a drag night. But when we’ve talked about drag kings to various people, they don’t seem sure what a drag king is, and definitely aren’t sure what a drag king night will involve.

So let us clear this up! A Drag King is a performer who impersonates male gender, usually in an exaggerated form. Often the person wearing the costume is a woman, but sometimes they might identify as non binary or male. The point is to poke fun at gender and entertain a crowd.  The performers create acts based around singing, dancing, lip-syncing, comedy or a mixture of all or none of the above. It’s exciting because you never quite know what you’ll get with performers creating new acts all the time.

adam-blue-suitsAdam All and Apple Derrieres founders of Boi Box.

As Andro and Eve’s focus is on women – made creative output, it was a natural progression to create a drag night where the performers are all women or non binary/ trans people. We’ve programmed some of the best UK Drag Kings to perform in Sheffield on the 26th November in order to bring this art form to a new and wider audience. The London drag scene is thriving  and drag kings grow more popular thanks to the efforts of Adam All and Apple Derrieres who set up Boi Box in London 3 years ago. Nights like ‘Kingdom’ in Brighton extend this network and are a great example of the queer community supporting one another.  Its time Sheffield and South Yorkshire got its own slice of this queer and subversive art form with a night solely for drag kings, so we bring you THE KINGDOM COME. Grab a ticket and come down and enjoy the sparkliest, silliest and most surreal night you’ll have for a while!

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