This event will take place in person. To gain entry to this event, we require you to take a free NHS lateral flow test the night before/morning of the event and log the result on the NHS website or NHS app. You can find tests on the NHS website. Please make sure you have your NHS confirmation email/app showing a negative result to hand as you will be asked to show proof of confirmation of your negative test before being admitted to the event.
Louche brings their signature blend of boundary-pushing performance magic and thought-provoking commentary, showcasing a range of talent from the drag king community.
As part of a live panel, Louche will invite discussion on the ways in which the lives/work of drag kings have been documented (or not) throughout history. Alongside this, there will be extra special performances and make-up how-to's.
This event is combined with a call-out for archive material relating to the UK drag king community, and guests are encouraged to bring items they'd like to donate to the Bishopsgate Institute's collection - from flyers to costumes.
Poster design: Andrea Lhotská
Panel - Drag King Histories and Radical Archiving + preview clip from performance film The History Bois
- Chaired by Georgeous Michael, Founder of Louche magazine
- SL Grange (Ess) - is a theatre-maker, poet and doctoral researcher. Their research explores using improvisatory practices as a more ethical way to meet the Queer/unruly/marginalised dead (in particular Mary Frith, the Roaring Girl) and to create a conversational queer historiography in which the past might ‘do’ us as much as we do it. Recent work includes A Note to Mary Frith, commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe for the Notes to Forgotten She-Wolves series; and of his family commissioned by Improbable for Fly the Flag 2020; and currently Wou D’Ulzecht, an audio-walk project with composer Catherine Kontz commissioned for European Capital of Culture 2022. She also creates performance work as The ELMS in partnership with artist E.M Parry. SL Grange is the winner of the Poetry Wales 2021 poetry pamphlet competition.
- Beau Jangles - Beau Jangles is the vintage-style king-about-town who The Guardian has called ‘a compelling host’. Beau blends comedy, live singing, and old-school charm and has performed across London (at venues including The Clapham Grand, The Southbank Centre, and The Underbelly Festival) and the UK. He was a Man Up 2019 finalist, who (out of drag) won Tutu’s Soul Search 2021.
Performances - throughout the night
- CYRO - A queer, non-binary, DRAG THING! Bringing strength, beauty and awareness to the stage. Exuding political ferocious and heartfelt celebrations of the black trans experience. From performances at Shakespeare’s Globe to Fantabulosa! You’ve seen them across the UK and internationally on the stage, in the streets, and if you’re lucky in your sheets.
- Hardik Mistry - Man Up 2020/21 finalist, “A heady blend of eastern mysticism meets western cynicism”.
- Georgeous Michael - reading from his zine ‘Confessions of a Drag King’
Make-up tutorial with Wesley Dykes
Zine-making station and magazine stall
You will have the opportunity to create your own zine celebrating drag king history, choosing from a range of collage materials. Louche Issue Two will also be available to purchase on the night.
Archive station and material donation
You will be available to donate your own archive and materials to the Bishopsgate Institute archive.
How we’re keeping you safe
Because we would like to keep the staff and each other safe, we expect and recommend face coverings to be worn the public areas that can become crowded. These are the corridors, toilet areas and the queues at the bar. There will also be an event-specific QR code that guests will be asked to scan on arrival.
To gain entry to our larger events, we require you to take a free NHS lateral flow test the night before/morning of the event and log the result on the NHS website or NHS app. You can find tests on the NHS website. Please make sure you have your NHS confirmation email/app showing a negative result to hand as you will be asked to show proof of your test while at the event. Please do not bring your test sample pad – we need the NHS confirmation email or SMS. Read our frequently asked questions.
If you test positive for Covid-19 or are asked to isolate and are not able to attend your class or pre-booked event, please contact the Bishopsgate Box Office for further information (email@example.com). Please do not come to the Institute in person if you have symptoms or have tested positive.
In addition to these measures, Bishopsgate Institute has strict cleaning protocols in place and ventilation throughout the building. There are also numerous hand-sanitising stations available and touch-free drinking fountains. Find out more about how we’re keeping you safe.
Meet the Hosts
Louche is an independent print magazine dedicated to drag and queer performance. Launched in 2019, it is the UK’s only publication to cover the full spectrum of drag - from king to queen. The magazine aims to celebrate, interrogate, and create a living archive of drag today, as well as pay homage to the varied histories and influences of the drag past.
Need to Know
- 19:00 - 23:00
- Bishopsgate Institute