Penguin Pride London

Thu Jun 27 2019 at 08:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY London, United Kingdom, London, United Kingdom

Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY London, United Kingdom, London, United Kingdom

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Turn up the volume on queer voices with Penguin Pride, a night of awe inspiring writers, poets and activists, taking over the legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern for the first time.

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots - a watershed moment for the LGBT rights movement – we’ll be celebrating and reflecting, looking back at how far we’ve come since the summer of 1969, where we are now, and looking forward to voices of the future.

The evening will be hosted by the sensational Crystal Rasmussen, author of Diary of a Drag Queen and will also see performances and readings from Paul Flynn, Emma Smith, Jen Brister, Jack Rooke plus more to be announced.

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Crystal Rasmussen: Look up the term ‘Global Phenomenon’ in the dictionary and you will simply find a picture of Crystal's face. She's beautiful. She's a model. She looks like a block of cheap Edam that's been left out in the sun. She's known for always having a cigarette in her mouth, while shouting at people for smoking in her face. She also coined the term ‘money’ and has been living in her overdraft since the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Crystal forms one fifth of DENIM, the drag supergroup, and is adored by fans for her lazy demeanour and her powerful falsetto.

Paul Flynn has worked as a journalist for over two decades. He began writing at City Life magazine in Manchester and is currently the Senior Contributing Editor at Love and a columnist for Attitude and Grazia. He has previously been a contributing editor and writer at i-D, Pop, Dazed, Fantastic Man, The Gentlewoman and GQ Style and has written for the Guardian and Observer, Sunday Express and the Sunday Times newspapers. He lives in London.

Jen Brister is a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer and actor. She is a regular performer on the UK and international comedy circuits. She has presented for BBC 6 Music, written and performed on BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz and The Now Show and has been a regular contributor to magazines including Standard Issue and The Huffington Post. Jen has performed five solo shows around the world and appeared on Comedy Central, BBC 2's Live At The Apollo and Frankie Boyle's New World Order.

Jack Rooke is an award-winning comedy writer-performer. His debut BBC Three series 'Happy Man' and Radio 4 comedy 'Good Grief', broadcast to critical acclaim. His second live show 'Happy Hour' debuted at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 in the Top 10 highest reviewed comedies of the festival. Currently he's developing a new show 'Love Letters' for Edinburgh Fringe 2019, a comedy-drama TV series ‘Big Boys' and his debut non-fiction book with Penguin Random House.

Emma Smith is lecturer in English at the University of Oxford, Professor of Shakespeare Studies, and a Fellow of Hertford College. Emma recently published This is Shakespeare, a ground-breaking introduction to Shakespeare which introduces him as an intellectually, theatrically and ethically exciting writer who engaged with intersectionality as much as with Ovid.


Age limit: 18+
Doors 7:00pm
Seating is limited and unreserved, if you need a seat please arrive early, otherwise please be prepared to stand.
If you have specific access requirements, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Early Bird Tickets £8
Standard Tickets £10

There is an option to add a donation to Stonewall, LGBT Rights charity, when buying your ticket. Please do donate what you can to support their work.
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