Andro and Eve create unique, feel good events that celebrate queer culture, where everyone is welcome.
We programme excellent film, live performance, and music that explores queer stories, often focusing on voices that are otherwise marginalised, to reflect and celebrate the diversity that exists within the LGBTQIA community. Our approach is playful, creative, and motivated by a desire to provide accessible opportunities for the community to come together, develop their understanding, and share in memorable experiences.
Founded in Spring 2016, Andro & Eve has hosted five film screenings, several drag king workshops, three previous drag king cabaret nights titled The Kingdom Come, and two sold out editions of the queer party series A Reyt Queer Do, platforming local drag talent. Andro and Eve has partnered with organisations including Our Mel, SheFest Sheffield, Rainbow Noir, Theatre Deli Sheffield, BoiBox London and DocFest, creating ‘Events unlike any others in Sheffield’- Our Fave Places.
Since late in 2017 Andro and Eve have been fundraising to provide accessibly priced tickets, enabling 20% of tickets for their last three events to be offered for free or at a discounted rate to those on low incomes. The aim is to increase this offer through further fundraising efforts.
MEET THE TEAM
Co-Founder / Managing Director / Producer
Katherine is passionate about sharing her love of queer culture with an audience; because representation matters, and seeing aspects of her life reflected in film, music and performance has been the catalyst to accepting her own queerness.
An event producer and visual artist, specialising in participatory arts, Katherine has twelve years
experience delivering creative workshops for a range of organisations including Royal Exchange Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery, Contact Manchester and Opera North. Trained in Theatre Design, she also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Performing Arts Leadership from the Royal Northern College of Music.
Katherine has produced several large – scale outdoor arts events including The Extraordinary Orchard Park Parade, led by Handmade Parade with Hull Carnival Arts and Rag and Bone for Hull 2017 UK City of Culture. From 2013 – 2016 Katherine worked on Right Up Our Street in Doncaster and managed a series of participatory arts projects, including The Halloween Handmade Parade with Handmade Parade and a Fun Palace, working with over 3000 participants over the three year period. Most recently she worked as one of the lead artists for Sheffield Carnival.
Behind the scenes at Andro and Eve Katherine is responsible for the day to day running of the company, while programming and producing each of the events and acting as lead facilitator for Andro & Eve’s drag king workshops. Katherine is a huge fan of feminist / queer zines, comic Bitch Planet, vegan cakes and doughnuts, and thinks Susanne Sundfor is one of the greatest living artists.
Co-Founder / Creative Director /Producer
Rhiannon has huge appreciation for the creative output of her extended queer family. Be it zines or drag, vegan truffles or punk rock, she is motivated by the idea of creating a platform for women not only to be heard and appreciated in a safe and respectful environment, but to give them the opportunity to play, be silly, be joyful and feel nurtured.
A professional songwriter and musician, Rhiannon founded and fronted the acoustic foot stompers Rita Payne for four years until 2016, releasing two albums and touring extensively throughout the UK and Europe. Highlights include opening for internationally acclaimed artists such as Lindisfarne, Heaven 17, and Wilko Johnson and performing at Brixton’s O2 Academy for Hofesh Shechter’s, ‘Political Mother’.
As an avid supporter of live music and a qualified sound technician, Rhiannon now programmes artists for Café #9 in Sheffield and fronts the UK’s only Devo tribute band; We are Not Devo. Since leaving Rita Payne, Rhiannon has been working on new collaborations, new material and has released her debut solo EP #9 with a sold out show at YellowArch studios in January 2018.
Rhiannon wishes she had the guts of Ani DiFranco and the lilting Irish accent of Lisa Hannigan. She is as fashion forward as the Canadian Tuxedo and also an absolute cake fiend. Behind the scenes Rhiannon is responsible for all branding, graphics, and merchandise and manages the technical aspects of every event.
Natalie is a theatre director & academic based in Manchester. As a director, she has a large number of productions under her belt, ranging from large-scale community pieces to one-person shows. She recently collaborated with Javaad Alipoor on his award-winning The Believers Are But Brothers, and is now working on an adaptation of The Assembly Women by Aristophanes with a team of women comedians.
Natalie is currently writing a PhD about Fourth Wave Feminism and comedy, and is the founder the Women’s Comedy Workshop in Bradford. Natalie is also an Associate Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Warwick.
Natalie is interested in how art interacts with history, politics, philosophy and religion; how it helps us to understand who we are and where we have come from. As well as all this, she thinks that making theatre is really good fun, and is never more happy than when in a rehearsal room or a workshop!
Ndrika is videographer from Sheffield. She set up her own videography/photography business in 2016 after working for production companies such as the BBC and ITV. Ndrika is passionate about telling stories that give voices to people that in mainstream media are misrepresented or often not represented at all. Her latest instalment of her docu-series, ‘Young, Gifted and Grinding’, showcases Britain’s diverse grassroots and non-traditional media outlets created by people of colour.
Ndrika gained a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Television from the University of Westminster, which led to her being commissioned to create videos for the Canadian Tourism Commision for two years. She is now dedicated to highlighting collectives and Yorkshire talent, and dreams of the day where she doesn’t find herself travelling down to London for events and festivals.
Ndrika’s recent work has been selected to be screened at this year’s British Urban Film Festival in London, Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Doc/Player and Distinguished Diva’s Literaturhaus Film Screenings in Berlin. In 2017 she was commissioned by Sheffield’s Sensoria Festival as part of BBC’s BFI BLACK STAR 2017 and created an event that explored the representation of black women in the media, intersectionality and mainstream beauty standards.
Based in Manchester, Sarah is a senior officer of funded organisations at Arts Council England and is soon to be studying for a Masters in Arts Management Policy and Practice at Manchester University. Sarah is also a board member for music organisation Brighter Sound, who work towards broadening opportunities for women within the music industry both onstage and in technical roles.
Having performed as a singer songwriter in Europe, Sarah moved to Manchester to studio Music Production and later worked as a sound engineer in multiple venues across Manchester. She works as a freelance event manager and runs a monthly music event in Manchester called Gaslight, which this year celebrated its 6th birthday. Sarah regularly performs and recently sang at Reclaim the Night (Leeds), and has sang at Pride events in and around Manchester.
Sarah adores Annie Lennox, can often be found singing 80’s music at gigs and using a kazoo as a trusty replacement for a synthesizer, and wishes she could play the guitar like Leslie Feist (work in progress).
We work with a small but dedicated team of volunteers who give their time to help make our events so special. From decorating, to baking, greeting our audiences, to selling tickets they are a vital part of what we do. We basically think our volunteers are wonderful and we’re very thankful for their contribution to our beautiful queer community. We’re always interested in working with new people, so if you’d like to get involved, drop us a line.