A whale of a time at The Kingdom Come! 

5 drag kings including CYRO, Oedipussi Rex, Captain Cock, Pip Dream and Beau Jangles along with Finn of Andro and Eve pose for a photo on a stage lit by colourful lights

Last month we produced the eighth edition of The Kingdom Come, our drag king cabaret, and it was a Salty Seas themed night of queer joy! 

We were back at Crookes Social Club for a night of nautical nonsense featuring some of the UK’s most exciting drag acts. We transformed the main hall into a sea themed wonderland bringing together over 300 people to celebrate some incredible drag king talent.

Beau Jangles, a slim brown drag king wearing navy dinner jacket and white trousers sings on a mic
Host Beau Jangles brought old school crooner charm to the night. Credit – Nelly Naylor (2024)

We were blown away by the talents of the artists performing and need to say a huge thank you for them sharing their acts – CYRO, Oedipussi Rex, Captain Cock, Pip Dream and of course our captain for the night – Beau Jangles! From Beau’s smooth singing, to Captain Cock’s hearty shanties, Pip Dream’s obsession with a buoy, CYRO’s powerful (and very witty) performances to Oedipussi Rex’s total drag nonsense as giant sandcastle, angler fish and rowdy viking, everyone was thoroughly entertained.

Oedipussi dressed as giant yellow sandcastle with turrets for a headpiece. They are lipsyncing onstage
Oedipussi Rex gave us pure drama dressed as a sandcastle. Credit – Nelly Naylor (2024)

Our tech team and volunteer crew helped keep everything ship shape. Our thanks to them, the artists and you, our wonderful community for helping create a space where so many people feel free to be themselves. Your kindness and generosity is so so appreciated. As one audience member said;

‘It’s a space where queer people are welcomed to be their most authentic selves’. 

Audience member

The vegan cake from Little Town Pantry went down a treat and raffle excitement kept everyone on their toes! Thanks to everyone who helped us raise vital funds for our Pay it Forward ticket fund enabling us to continue to provide discounted and free tickets to those who need them at future events.

Crowd shot of smiling people
Credit – Nelly Naylor (2024)

We also introduced a Community Information Stall. Through this we shared information about local organisations fighting for a more just world and ways you can support them. We feel it is important to build solidarity in our region between those of us fighting against different systems of oppression.

Two white queer people smile wearing Andro and Eve Tees as they sell tasty cake
Some of the brilliant Andro and Eve volunteer crew selling vegan cake! Credit – Nelly Naylor (2024)

Whilst climate change is set to become an even bigger cause of displacement and migration, particularly in the Global South, the UK government continues to create a hostile environment for migrants and refugees. The Rwanda bill is yet another example of this. We must not forget that many people also face hostile treatment in their countries of origin because of their gender identity or sexuality. 

There are many local organisations supporting refugees and those seeking asylum, and we would highlight the work of ASSIST Sheffield, City of Sanctuary Sheffield and our friends from Lesbian Asylum Support Sheffield as groups to support.  

At future events, our intention is to raise awareness of other local campaigns and groups supporting and advocating for migrants and refugees along with environmental sustainability. If you are connected to any such local groups then please feel free to get in touch. 

CYRO, a Black drag king with painted face and flowers in their hair and red gloves
CYRO wowed the crowd with their powerful performances. Credit – Nelly Naylor

We’ll be announcing news of future events very soon (make sure you’ve signed up to our newsletter to be first to hear) but in the meantime, enjoy these wonderful photos taken by Nelly Naylor of The Kingdom Come Salty Seas edition! 

Three white queer people dressed as pirates pose excitedly
Ahoy there hearty seafayrers! Credit – Nelly Naylor (2024)
Captain Cock drag king wearing red tartan skirt and tricorn hat
Drag king Captain Cock gave a swashbuckling performance. Credit – Nelly Naylor (2024)
Drag King Oedipussi dressed as a viking, charges up the stage steps with 3 people in his cardboard boat
Oedipussi Rex got everyone on board with his drag barbarian antics! Literally.
A white person and Black person smile as they pose for a portrait
Credit – Nelly Naylor (2024)
Drag king Pip Dream shared his love for his very own buoy! Credit – Nelly Naylor
Drag king Oedipussi onstage in cardboard boat dressed as a viking with crowd in front of them
Oedipussi the drag barbarian. Credit – Nelly Naylor (2024)
Group of six friends pose in costumes
Squad goals at The Kingdom Come. Credit – Nelly Naylor (2024)
Three white queer people in pirate themed costumes
Credit – Nelly Naylor 2024

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