Queer Theory's Dean Darkie: 'It is important to me that the acts that I book are experimental, subversive and challenging in some way'

Queer Theory's Dean Darkie: 'It is important to me that the acts that I book are experimental, subversive and challenging in some way'

credit: Martin Windebank

Monthly cabaret night returns with the June show themed around the 'Pansy Craze'

With a name that describes its intentions and aesthetic, Queer Theory is a monthly cabaret night that draws on Scotland's dynamic performance culture and promotes a spirit of resistance. For Dean Darkie, the night's curator and member of band Black Doves, it is 'definitely a labour of love. It gives a stage and supports countless upcoming queer performers and it brings many beautiful people together every month.'

Dean's belief in the power of performance is enshrined in his approach to programming. 'I'm interested in booking acts which are fighting oppression, entrenched power and the mainstream. It is important to me that the acts that I book, even if not directly political, are experimental, subversive and challenging in some way.'

As with many cabaret nights, however, the audience and atmosphere are as important as the acts. 'I want Queer Theory to be a community of queer people who support each other,' he continues. 'But at the same time, I want the acts to feel like they can do and say dangerous things. I want the audience to never be sure what to expect next and for the mood of the show to dramatically change from act to act.'

With the June show 'themed around the "Pansy Craze": the male and female impersonators of the 30s', the night makes a bold statement that both respects the rich history of resistance and celebrates its contemporary vitality. With artists from music, spoken word, dance, live art and more taking the stage, Queer Theory practices what it preaches.

Nice N Sleazy, Wed 27 Jun.

Queer Theory

A queer cabaret show including live music, drag, poetry, comedy and performance art.

Nice'n'Sleazy, Glasgow

Thu 14 Feb

£5 / 0141 333 0900

  • 19:30 – 23:00

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