10th March 2018
The return of Andro and Eve’s drag king cabaret, showcased some of the UK’s finest drag king acts. Part of SheFest 2018. Luke Warm was back in Sheffield to host the night, with Sigi Moonlight, Joey Bambino Richard Von Wild Cosplay AND Oedipussi took to the stage, which itself was even more sparkly than before, thanks to our brand new glitter curtain. Andro & Eve transformed Walkley Community Centre into one glitzy cabaret venue, where all were welcome. With cake on sale, a cash bar and most of our audience in drag, we found heaven really is a place on earth.
THIS PROJECT CONNECTED LGBTQ+ WOMEN USING THE LONG LOST ART OF LETTER WRITING – RUNNING FROM FEBRUARY 2017 to FEBRUARY 2018.
A strong support system is vital for LGBTQ+ people of all ages. Pen Gals was a way for women to share experiences, information and support across the generations.
The knowledge that your words will be read by one person, and one person only, is a strange notion in today’s world of online presences and public profiles. It’s an intimate and often cathartic experience to commit to paper, words that can’t be deleted. Deciding what information to share about yourself with a stranger, and having to describe yourself in a definite way, can often lead to new insights about your self. Writing letters can build your knowledge of the world and foster empathy with people different to you. Promoting a strong sense of self and building a stronger community is absolutely what PEN GALS was all about.
27th January 2018
THE REVIVAL : WOMEN AND THE WORD
Folk from all over the country joined Andro and Eve for a very special evening of film and live poetry performance celebrating the work of queer women of colour. With a screening of Sekiya Dorsett’s 2016 documentary The Revival: Women and The Word, and live performances by poets Dylema and Ella Otomewo.
‘THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORD chronicles the US tour of a group of Black lesbian poets and musicians, who become present-day stewards of a historical movement to build community among queer women of colour while upholding literary arts excellence’.
Alongside the film screening Our Mel introduced performances by spoken word artist and author Dylema, and poet and performer Ella Otomewo. There were sweet treats a plenty, a cake stall including delicious vegan chocolate goodies from Truffle Pig Vegan and a cash bar.
19th December 2017
‘A Reyt Queer Do’.
A night of queer festive cheer and cabaret!
Hosted by Drag King Sammy Silver with performances by super fresh Northern Drag King talent! There was seasonal food and drink and a beautiful queer soundtrack which got everyone dancing. Incredible drag costumes and festive sparkle were showcased by not only the acts, but most of our audience for the Christmas party NO-ONE wanted to miss!
20th August 2017
Once again we hosted an Autostraddle Brunch, where lesbians and fellow women – loving queers came together to celebrate their awesomeness and the wonderful goodness that is breakfast foods.
3rd June 2017
‘THE KINGDOM COME’ #2
Sheffield’s finest DRAG KING night: HOLIDAY CAMP EDITION!
Drag power couple, Adam All & Apple Derrieres returned to Walkley Commmunity Centre to host Andro & Eve’s celebration of male impersonation. With a lineup of talented Drag Kings including –
LUKE WARM -/- OEDIPUSSI -/- OLIVER ASSETS -/- ROMEO DE LA CRUZ
It was be surreal. It was fabulous. All hail the King.
22nd April 2017
‘DRAG KING WORKSHOP!’
We teamed up with London’s Boi-Box to bring you the opportunity to spend a day with UK’s best known drag king Adam All and his seductive sidepiece Apple Derrières.
This dynamic duo took our participants through the process of becoming your alter-ego. Including a brief history of drag, choosing a name for your genderbending doppelgänger, performance skills, plus tips on packing, strapping and beating your face. Both fully formed acts who were looking for some finishing touches, or those still cocooned in their chrysalis longing for transformation were able to go to next level drag with Adam & Apple covered all the bases.
It was a rigorous day of drag, so we thew lunch into the mix to keep the strength of our participants high with delicious vegan fare from new ‘100% plant based’ pop-up cafe, Fanfare.
10th March 2017
A pop up screening of this sumptuous lesbian tale set in 1950’s New York.
Adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel, The Price of Salt, CAROL tells the story of Therese, a young woman working as a clerk in a Manhattan department store, who is instantly enthralled when she meets Carol, an elegant older married woman. Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, the film is swoon inducing with its attention to detail and seductive use of cinematography. Andro & Eve whisked our audience away to a world of glove lunches and period glamour with our immersive cinema experience.
27th January 2017
GENDER TROUBLES: The Butches by Lisa Plourde.
There are plenty stereotypes of butch women out there, and the interviews with butch identified women in this film show us that there’s a lot more to this identity than we’re led to believe.
Alongside the main feature we showed The Test Shot, a photo documentary project about transmasculine style. We were also very excited to have screened the short film Switching Teams by local filmmaker and Roller Derby player, Taylor Le Fin. Their film, produced by EDEN film, is a documentation of their journey in finding the gender identity that felt right to them, and the way their community supported this journey.
This event is was for women identified, non-binary and transmasculine people.
November 26th 2017
‘THE KINGDOM COME‘, Sheffield’s new drag king night.
Showcasing the talents of the UK’s finest Drag Kings, and hosted by the impeccably stylish ‘it couple’. Adam All & Apple Derrières, founders of the increasingly popular SOHO night, BoiBox. Featuring fantastic acts from across the UK; Benjamin Butch, Sammy Silver and Juan Kerr.
It was surreal.
It was fabulous.
All hail the King.
Friday 7th October 2016
Back at Cafe #9 with a one off screening of Celine Sciamma’s ‘Tomboy’. Ten year old Laure isn’t like most girls. She prefers football to dolls and sweaters to dresses. When Laure, her parents and little sister Jeanne move to a new neighbourhood, local girl Lisa mistakes Laure to be a boy. Indulging in this exciting new identity, Laure becomes Mickäel, and so begins a summer of long sunny afternoons, playground games and first kisses. Yet with the school term fast approaching, and with suspicions arising amongst friends and family, Laure’s deception can’t last forever.
This event was for women* to celebrate queer culture in a comfortable and fun environment. *whatever label you choose to use / not use. Trans people very welcome.
Friday 13th May 2016
‘But I’m A Cheerleader’
A one off screening of this fun, queer classic in cosy Cafe #9. Starring Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall and RuPaul. Special permission to screen granted from director Jamie Babbit.
We threw in a free scoop of local luxury ice-cream with every ticket sold!