Bar Wotever get a New Manager

Bar Wotever Changes Managers.

 In March we announced at our birthday party that Bar Wotever will be changing managers. Ingo will be leaving as the Bar Wotever Manager in order to put their focus and energy into other exciting  Wotever World Events. As the creator of Wotever World and Bar Wotever, Ingo has been managing ALL Wotever World events for the past 14 years. Now as Wotever World is expanding and becoming high in demand, Ingo has decided to bring in a loyal helping hand to help with the smooth runnings of Bar Wotever.

unnamedThe new manager of Bar Wotever will now be the fabulous Lysander Dove. Lysander have been part of the Wotever Crew for many years and been our amazing Stage Manager the last two. From the 1st July, Lysander will be steering the ship of Bar Wotever as it’s new manager. If you would like to contact us regarding anything to do with Bar Wotever, please email us on barwoteverinfo [at] gmail  [dot] com, where Lysander (or another member of our team) will get back to you as soon as possible. Please join us in July to give Lysander the warmest of welcomes and support him with this new adventure!

Bar Wotever Fundraiser For LGBTQ+ Activist Groups in Egypt

This weeks Bar Wotever will be a fundraiser in aid of raising money for Bedayaa, an LGBTQ+ activist group in Egypt!

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This evening we are joined by Shrouk El-Attar and Katy Jalili

“Young Egyptians are rising up! In the past 6 years activist groups have formed and started standing up for our rights; groups like Bedayaa (2010), Rainbow Egypt (2012), and Mesahat (2015) are new activist groups that support LGBT+ Egyptians and letting us know that, against everything we are taught growing up in our school books, Queer people are still human and we deserve to exist in dignity in our own country.” – Shrouk El-Attar

17973704_640932159425847_7280121347538961436_oDancing Queer  will be performing on the line up! ‘Egypt is known as the capital of Belly Dancing. It is also a country where LGBT+ people are legally imprisoned, tortured, and thrown into Mental Asylums for life.

The Egyptian Refugee Belly Dancer, Dancing Queer الراقصة المثلية, will give a very authentic performance with a twist that protests the treatment of LGBT+ people persecuted around the world just for being who they are.’

Also on the line up we have the incredible Drag King Gusher. ‘Gusher is a black drag king who performs lip-syncs to popular R&B songs. Gusher is about taking up space, challenging gender norms & POC visibility in the drag king scene. Making it to the finals of Man Up at The Glory twice in a row and debut show at the National Theatre last year, Gusher returns with smooth and sexy show for their first performance at the RVT. In full support of queer folx in Cairo.’

GusherWe will also witness a performance from a Bar Wotever Favourite, the unique and extremely imaginative Katy Jalili!!! Katy

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Bae is the sole survivor of the latest drone strike on the glamorous hillside village of Huddersfield in Northern Iraq.

And winner by default of the Miss ISIS Pageant 2017. She’s taking her duties very seriously and touring the world to showcase her explosive talents and spread the message about her loyalty and fealty to the glorious and definitely legitimate state, Daesh.Bae

She’s currently on board a bus to Peru, with a definitely legally acquired passport. And this is what you should absolutely tell any immigration officer should you be asked questions about her whereabouts.’

 

 

Doors at 7

Show at 8

Party until midnight

Tickets: https://woteverworld.com/shop/tickets/

Be Present, Be Part, Be Proud!

FMAS is BACK!

On Friday 23rd June Female Masculinity Appreciation Society will be returning to The Royal Vauxhall Tavern with very special guest… Del LaGrace Volcano!

There will be the annual Arm Wrestling Competition, performances from Don One, Benjamin Butch, and Jess McKerlie, a social AND a dance! Music will be played by our resident DJ’s who have been with us since the beginning of FMAS, PLUS a talk/discussion with Del LaGrace Volcano and visuals!

 

Don One

Birmingham’s newest baddest biggest Drag King! Entertaining you in a style that only Don One can with that extra special Brummie twang! Last seen on stage at Hackney Empire in Johnny Woo’s Un-Royal Variety!

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Jess McKerlie is a performance artist based in Melbourne, part of the 2015 PACT Collective.

Gender SpannerJessica’s first solo show, GENDER SPANNER has been touring Fringe Festivals across the world for the past two years and has recently done a stint at Brighton Fringe AND was Nominated for a Brighton Fringe Award!

 

 

Benjamin Butch 

 

Benjamin is our resident Drag King and he will be taking a turn on the stage bringing you some light comedy! 12494709_10209017673102806_8823463219347039877_n

 

Get your outfit sorted and come to this MEGA event!

FMAS #16

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern 

Friday 23rd June

Doors @ 8pm – 3am

£8 OTD, £5 after midnight 

Tickets £7 in advance 

…playing a poignant cover version of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

This landed in our inbox recently.

Hey 🙂 I was at the RVT last night, it was my last night in London on this very emotional visit, used to live here. I was completely taken with the performances. Couldn’t help recording a bit of Miri doing Cyndi Lauper. This is what I wrote when I got home last night:

My London guide for May 2017:

Bar Wotever AudienceGo see Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf before it closes. This is acting.
Go see Elton John’s collection at Tate Modern. This is photography.
Sophie Calle at the Photographer’s Gallery is also photography, and much more, if you have ever lost a loved one. Go see that.
See Hockney at Tate Britain, they tell me, though if they try to sell you a ticket to enter 4 hours later then, like, fuck it.
Spend time with friends. See what they’re up to.
Go to the places you went to with friends who are now gone.
Try again the things you have quit.
Go somewhere that’s very green, then go somewhere that’s very grey.
Go to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern on a Tuesday. The people are different but it smells the same.
Listen to a Saudi-Lebanese 20 year-old Business student express his fears about the future of the world.
Unprompted, tell someone you have decided you prefer American hypocrisy over English passive-aggression, then worry that you’ve offended them.
Ride the tube, at rush hour, from Bank. Be like, there are too many people in this city.
MIRI at Bar WoteverListen to the sound of bus tires on puddles, again and again, filtered through your headphones playing a poignant cover version of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.
Go home.’  Shahaf Ifhar

Here is the Soundcloud link to that Cover Version of Girl;s just wanna have fun with MIRI

Have a Listen and write your story of London. If it include us and what we at Wotever World do, please send it to us to read and maybe share.

Queer Art & Culture

A New Night is born!

In collaboration with The Horse Hospital and Wotever World!

Wotever World have lead and done Queer Experiments & Hackney Wotever over the years, but had (and wanted) to leave both the venues where these events where held at, due to their staffing policies, and refusal to pay their staff The London Living Wage . We might return, if and when things change.

Now we have found a new venue that suits us and these events with a mix of Culture, Knowledge, Sex and Education really well. THE HORSE HOSPITAL

Join us for our first event there FRIDAY 30th June at QUEER ART & CULTURE 

It’s a Soiree and Variety show/event lead by Ingo Cando, filled with Film, Talk & Show

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On the programme this first event we are proud to welcome one of Brazils biggest rising Drag King star Wendell Cândido! They have brought the groundbreaking Film  ‘King On, Brazil’ by Director Luiza Folegatti with them, plus they will do a short Performance and be part of the Q & A for afters.

Plus, We have an extra special performer all the way from Melbourne Australia! Jess McKerlie is a performance artist based in Melbourne, part of the 2015 PACT Collective.

Gender SpannerJessica’s first solo show, GENDER SPANNER has been touring Fringe Festivals across the world for the past two years and has recently done a stint at Brighton Fringe AND was Nominated for a Brighton Fringe Award!

 

QUEER ART & CULTURE,  Friday 30 June

A review show of what’s happening in our Queer World NOW!
Lead by Ingo Cando, Artistic Director of Wotever World

Sit down & show start at 8pm, Doors & bar open from 7.30 – late
Tickets £8 in advance, £10 otd

The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, WC1N 1JD London

Accessibility; please see The Horse Hospitals INFO

Diane Torr, Rest in Power

 

15826216_10154487232238393_4949428711507515547_nDiane Torr, leader of the pack has passed!

She passed peacefully with friends and family in Glasgow 31st May 2017

Diane Torr,  Drag King, Educator and Human Extraordinaire is gone. We will miss her and her contributions for a more gender variety accepting & understanding world. Her wicked sense of humour that sometimes was unbearably dark. Her Mischief, Creativity and Kindness.
She was a Trailblazer and we will remember her with a big smile and gratitude. You made the world better Diane!
Thank You!

Me and Diane Torr Glasgow, Sep 2016I knew her as a performer, and then someone who became my friend. She asked me to come with her to Stockholm and Sweden for two ‘Man For a Day’ workshops she lead there,  b/w photo at the top is from one of these, she wanted me to assist her with make up and knowledge for these workshops. She had expensive taste and seeing her going out and order food and drink with someone else’s money was a joy to behold!  And so was the tenderness and ease she guided and lead women to start taking up more space, walk with mor confidence and using their voices in a different way at these workshops. I know that these exercises lead by Diane changed many women’s lives.

I saw her the last time in September when I was in Glasgow and we met up, and she told me about her diagnose and her plans on what to do after it was sorted out..

I hope that by the end  she knew  how much she was Loved and Treasured within our community and world. She really was one of a kind!

I really hope that we are many who keep on carry her legacy of do whatever we want to do and by doing so, touching and helping many people along our way. Because Diane, you did. You were a trailblazer and a person I will miss A LOT! Gender Bending and Gender Blending Rule!

Rest in Power
Diane Torr
1948 – 2017

Here is a clip from her promoting her book Sex, Drag and Male Roles at Bar Wotever in 2011. Many more clips and videos of her life and workshops can be found on You Tube.

Non Binary Cabaret

This event contain information that might come in handy!

An evening about How to Survive, and
How to live your life as a Non Binary Rebel!
Lessons by some of Londons best Teachers & Inspirations!

Our Experts this evening are

Mrs JonJo, FKA, Katy Jalili, Mark Anthony and Archie Liebling

These Lessons are For Adults Only!

Basement doors from 7.30 pm
Show start 8pm
End 10pm incl. Interval

Limited seats available if you want to see the show, we recommend you get tix in advance and get seated from 7:30

Tickets In advance £10 full price,
£8 concession ADVANCE TICKETS HERE

OTD £12, cash only!

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ALL WELCOME!

 

Flare in Town!

So, Tuesday will be rather special. Drag King Flare Smyth from Toronto, Canada will join us at Bar Wotever for the first time ever!

I met Flare for the first time back in 2004 at The Great Big, a Washington DC, Drag King event put together by Ken Vegas & DC Kings Brolo. For me it was the biggest Drag King event I’ve ever attended then and for ever, super smooth and AMAZING production. I was lucky enough to stay over at Ken’s, where they said I should def met Flare – And I did! Bromance and Friendship over the years, re connecting thanks to Facebook and Now they will be here, doing their first ever gig in Europe with us at Bar Wotever! It will be special and I can not be happier to see them again after 13 years!!

Kudos to all Queers who keep on doing what we do for the love of it! <3

Flare.Old FashionedMore about Flare the entertainer;
‘Flare is a drag king and draglesquer from Toronto known for character diversity and gender flipping. A headliner at Fierce Queerlesque Festival and at the Austin International Drag Festival, and one of the first kings to twirl a tassel. First time performing in Europe. Can’t think of a better place than the historic Wotever!’

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April Wotever

What a month we have ahead of us!

After the success of the tour we are keeping ourselves extra busy with so many great events! Plus planning what’s next and where to go…

Throughout April we will be hosting so many incredible events here in London including the much anticipated Non Binary Cabaret BREXIT and EUROVISION takeover at The Glory! We will have performances from Regina Cabaret Artist, Benjamin Butch, and Marnie Scarlet! This will take place on the 21st April.
RicoDelRay_GladiatorOn the 22nd April, Bar Wotever will be providing an evening of Drag King Talent at the Ovalhouse supporting the incredible show JOAN. Which features drag king Louis Cypher (written by the talented Lucy Skilbeck). Drag Kings will be serving up nibbles and cocktails in their most fanciest evening wear, there will be performances from Benjamin Butch and Rico Del Ray, and music provided by Bar Wotever DJ regulars!
Our host for Bar Wotever throughout April is the fabulous, the sensational, the fierceness that is Drag King Sammy Silver! Each week Mr Silver will be bringing sass, sex, and surrealness to the stage with a catalogue of performances! He brings with him some of the UK’s best Drag King talents showing off what they have! April is looking kingtastic!

Adam All and Apple Derrieres join King Sammy Silver on Bar Wotever stage 25th April!
Tickets for all events are available here: http://woteverworld.com/shop/tickets/

And more up to date events via Bar Wotever’s Facebook Page
We hope to see you at some of these events for jollifications!