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Boosting Sheffield’s LGBT scene

Posted by: Stephanie Burns
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Adam All killing it on stage. Photo by Emma Bailey

Andro & Eve are bringing women together across the city

When arts event producer Katherine Warman moved to Sheffield from Manchester a couple of years ago, she was surprised to find that Sheffield didn’t seem to have much of an LGBT scene.

But then she met Rhiannon Scutt - who you’ll recognise from Rita Payne - and together they created Andro & Eve, an initiative that brings women together in an environment that makes them feel safe and elevated while showcasing women’s talents.

“Instead of just wishing there was something for us to do,” said Rhiannon, “we decided to set something up ourselves.”

It launched earlier this year and, so far, they’ve held a film night at Café #9 in Nether Edge (where Rhiannon also works) and a collective brunch. Both events have been really well received, and they’re now gearing up for more.

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The next film night is at Café #9 this Friday (7 October) at 7.30pm and, this time, it’s Tomboy by Céline Sciamma, which follows the touching story of a young girl who moves to a new neighbourhood and gets mistaken for a boy. Tickets are £6 and there are still a few left - click here if you want to order.

“Films are a good way to say what you’re about and it’s a fun, non-intimidating way of getting people together,” said Katherine. “The idea is to show queer films that aren’t on Netflix but that are familiar and have a broad appeal.”

Perhaps the most exciting thing they have planned this year, however, is Sheffield’s new Drag King night, The Kingdom Come. It’ll be hosted by Adam All and Apple Derrieres on Saturday 26 November at Walkley Community Centre and is open to all genders. Katherine and Rhiannon can’t wait, and are hoping it’ll let people see that there’s a whole lot more to drag than Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Tickets are £12 and will go on sale on We Got Tickets in the next few days.

So what does the future hold for Andro & Eve? “Music, comedy, film, social and fun nights out… a broad range of events,” said Katherine. “And we never know what we might be a part of in the future. The door’s open, let’s see where it takes us.”

If you’d like to get involved with Andro & Eve, they’re looking for volunteers. Get in touch on androandeve@gmail.com. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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