Andro & Eve celebrate Arts Council funding for new autumn programme
Andro & Eve's most recent event at Theatre Deli. Photo credit Ndrika Anyika.
The award winning not for profit arts organisation has built a loyal following in Sheffield for their unique events celebrating queer culture
The creators of Sheffield’s first drag king cabaret, The Kingdom Come, and party series A Reyt Queer Do, have announced that less than a year since becoming a not for profit arts organisation, they have received funding from Arts Council England to support an exciting programme of work for Autumn 2019 - Spring 2020.
Andro & Eve’s events continue to grow in scale and ambition, with their last, a drag king cabaret at Abbeydale Picture House, attracting an audience of 330 people. Building on this success Andro and Eve will produce another drag king cabaret, The Kingdom Come at Abbeydale Picture House in March 2020, along with another edition of queer party and performance series, A Reyt Queer Do at Theatre Deli Sheffield on the 30th November.
The programme will also provide both training and performance opportunities for emerging artists in the Yorkshire region, as well as showcasing some of the UK’s most exciting queer performance. Andro and Eve are also excited to announce a new collaboration with CAST in Doncaster, enabling them to bring their feel good events to Doncaster, with the first such event, A Reyt Queer Do, planned for 13 November and hosted by award winning Drag King Louis Cyfer.
Award winning drag king, Louis Cyfer. Photo credit Ndrika Anyika.
This month also marks a new phase for the organisation, which was originally founded by Rhiannon Scutt and Katherine Warman in 2016 to address the lack of safe, inclusive spaces for the LGBTQ+ community to enjoy queer culture in Sheffield. Having worked together creating queer events over the last three years, Rhiannon is now stepping down as director of the board, and Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Katherine Warman, supported by the board of Directors, will lead the company.
Rhiannon Scutt said: “It has been a greatly fulfilling experience to nurture Andro & Eve from the seed of an idea and the tiny film night it started out as, to what it has become today. As lesbians in Sheffield, it was important to us that we offer an alternative, gentle night out, where the focus is fun and there is a sense of community. I’m proud to say I think we’ve achieved that time and time again. I wish Katherine and the team every success, and hope to support Andro & Eve events in the future as an attendee.”
Natalie Diddams, Chair of the Andro & Eve board said: “We’re so grateful for the hard work and vital input Rhiannon has given to the organisation over the last three years. It’s been a pleasure working with Rhiannon and we wish her all the best with her future projects. We’re excited by the programme of work and confident that the plans we have, will help grow the community benefitting from our events to celebrate queer culture.”
Andro and Eve's co-founders Katherine Warman and Rhiannon Scutt. Photo credit: Ndrika Anyika
Katherine Warman added: “It’s been an honour to work alongside Rhiannon the last three years and I’m so proud of what the team and we have achieved. The demand for our work is clear, with so many of our events in the last 18 months selling out in advance. I’m excited that this funding will help us work towards our vision to put South Yorkshire on the map for arts that explore LGBTQ+ lives, nurturing artists and the community we serve.”
Andro & Eve are have also announced a weekend of drag king performance workshops on the 9 - 10 November at Theatre Deli Sheffield. Participants will then have the opportunity to apply to perform at either CAST or Theatre Deli in one of the open mic slots showcasing new queer performance.
The introduction of a Pay It Forward Ticket scheme in 2018 has enabled an increasing amount of audience members to attend events who may not otherwise have been able to access them, using donations from the public to support the scheme. The funding received will help support this provision of discounted and free tickets for those on lower incomes, as well as enhance accessibility for deaf and disabled audiences.
Andro and Eve present A Reyt Queer Do , an evening of queer performance, at CAST Doncaster on 13 November at 7.30pm and at Theatre Deli Sheffield with added party and DJ’s on 30 November at 7.30pm. A weekend of Drag King Workshops will be held on the 9th and 10th November 2019 at Theatre Deli Sheffield. Tickets for CAST are on sale now. Further details and booking soon to be announced.