Birmingham's SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture is back next month (5 - 17 November). Check out our selection of highlights and then head to shoutfestival.co.uk for the full festival line-up.
SHOUT 2019 OPENING PARTY: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
THE NIGHTINGALE CLUB - TUES 5 NOVEMBER
Hosted by Birmingham’s very own Yshee Black, the launch party features the unveiling of two murals commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Nightingale Club.
The event also includes performances from a stellar line-up of queer cabaret acts, including Juno Birch, and a screening of one of the greatest queer films of all time, Hedwig And The Angry Inch.
SADIE CLARK | AlGORITHMS
THE OLD JOINT STOCK THEATRE - SUN 10 NOVEMBER
A bisexual Bridget Jones for the online generation, this tragicomic one-woman play is ideal for anyone who’s wondered why they feel so lonely at a point in time when connecting with others is meant to be easier than ever.
JOHN WATERS | THIS FILTHY WORLD
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME - WED 13 NOVEMBER
Queer icon, living legend and ‘master of filth’ John Waters - once referred to as ‘the pope of trash’ - visits Birmingham for the very first time. His one-man show is a vaudeville act celebrating both his film career and his obsessional tastes. Focusing on John’s early negative artistic influences and his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy and the extremes of the contemporary art world, this joyously devious monologue - a homage to all that’s trashy in life - is a call-to-arms to ‘filth followers’ everywhere.
RYAN KEARNEY | IF MEMORY SERVES
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME - UNTIL THURS 14 NOVEMBER
If Memory Serves is a research project narrating the story of the Nightingale Club’s previous venue on Thorp Street, which in 1994 was acquired for Birmingham Hippodrome’s expansion. Through a combination of first-hand accounts and archival material, artist Ryan Kearney’s exhibition considers the role of memory in forming a queerer archive, while at the same time encouraging discussions about the regeneration of the city’s LGBTQ+ spaces.
TRAVIS ALABANZA | BURGERZ
MAC BIRMINGHAM - SUN 17 NOVEMBER
After someone threw a burger at them and shouted a transphobic slur, Travis Alabanza became obsessed with burgers - how they’re cooked, how they feel, how they smell. This show is the climax of their obsession. Exploring how trans bodies survive, BURGERZ is a performance that is timely, unsettling and powerful.
FAB! THE FABULOUS KIDS PARTY
MAC BIRMINGHAM - SUN 17 NOVEMBER
This year’s SHOUT OUT includes a daytime children’s party featuring music, DIY costume-making, a variety of fun games, a disco and a host of glittery and colourful friends.
HIT THE ODE | SHOUT TAKEOVER
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME - FRI 8 NOVEMBER
This unique performance-poetry night boasts a knock-out line-up of queer spoken-word artists, including Jay Hulme, Keith Jarrett, Dean Atta and Jackie Hagan.
The event is suitable for children aged three-plus, so bring along your little ones and get set to boogie!
NATHANIEL HALL | FIRST TIME
THE OLD JOINT STOCK THEATRE - THURS 21 NOVEMBER
Can you remember your first time? Nathaniel can’t seem to forget his. To be fair, he’s had it playing on repeat for the last 15 years... HIV-positive theatre-maker Nathaniel Hall presents a funny and frank autobiographical solo show about staying positive in a negative world.
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