When: 9th – 19th November 2017
Where: At venues across Birmingham
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the event. Some events are free
What is it?
SHOUT, the Festival of Queer Arts and Culture, returns to Birmingham this November. The event will be marking the 50th Anniversary year of the (partial) decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.
SHOUT 2017 will be presenting its biggest programme to date, with ten days of live performance, theatre, visual arts, comedy, music and film at venues across the city. From vogueing and drag-king punk gigs, to a winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, SHOUT will be celebrating LGBT and queer identities, voices, and 50 years of LGBT history.
The festival launch party will take place on Thursday 9th November with David Hoyle, who will open the festival with his latest show Diamond. Weaving together intimate personal accounts and landmark events, Diamond charts Hoyle’s rise from a gay adolescent in Blackpool, through famous Channel 4 anti-drag queen cult phenomena Divine David, to the performer he is today.
Other festival highlights will include Jinkx Monsoon, and The Vaudevillians. After selling out an off-Broadway run and an Australian tour, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon arrives at the festival with The Vaudevillians, a bawdy, rowdy musical comedy co-starring composer and musician Major Scales. It’s a vintage cabaret with a twist of drag.
Bristol-based Rachael Clerke and The Great White Males will present Cuncrete, a loud and raucous no-wave, drag-king, punk-gig musical about architecture, idealism and how we ended up in this mess. Hosted by washed up architect/proto-god figure Archibald Tactful with house band The Great White Males, Cuncrete is a gratuitously sleazy and noisy critique of alpha-masculinity and the built environment.
We Often Find It Necessary to Keep Our Homosexuality Quiet is an exhibition of documentary photography, charting the history of the Gay Liberation Front in Birmingham in the 1970s. Told through the camera lens of one member, Ian Sanderson, the exhibition is an intimate and powerful snapshot into the city’s queer history.
More info: www.shoutfestival.co.uk