If Comic Relief put on an event, you know you’re in for a great night while supporting a very worthy cause. This year, the charity is partnering with events collective SuperCulture to bring Shoreditch a radical series of free events exploring mental health, drag and homelessness. Hosted by The Book Club, a group of, as yet unannounced, special guests will convey their experiences through poetry, drag, storytelling and creativity. Tickets are completely free and are on a first come, first served basis, so get in there fast!
Wednesday 6 Feb
Music to My Fears
At some point in our lives, at least a quarter of us will experience a mental illness. This open discussion will provide a safe space for members of the audience to share how music has influenced their journey with mental health. This uplifting event will feature influential members of the music industry who will help to bring humour and warmth to even the darkest experiences.
Wednesday 13 Feb
Don’t (be afraid to) Fuck it Up
Years on from the days of tangerine-coloured mousse foundation, concealer as lipstick, and single-line eyebrows framing spidery mascara, it’s safe to say that our relationship with makeup has improved somewhat. This no doubt owes thanks to the prevalence of YouTube tutorials and the introduction of drag into mainstream. This empowering workshop will explore the politics of make up hosted by a troupe of London drag queens. Feel free to ask questions anonymously or in person in the comfort of a safe space, and gain some invaluable performance, make up and confidence tips along the way.
Wednesday 20 Feb
Speak to Me About Homelessness
Using the real voices of those connected to homelessness, prominent members of the underground UK poetry and spoken word scene will provide a fresh perspective on the causes of homelessness. This open mic night is an invaluable opportunity to have your voice heard and start important conversations in an uplifting environment by sharing your poetry about how homelessness has affected you.
Tuesday 26 Feb
How our Childhood Shaped our Lives
It was Philip Larkin whose renowned poem opened: ‘they fuck you up, your mum and dad’, and with the benefit of hindsight, it’s hard to deny how formative our early years were on the *totally functional* humans we’ve become. Thought-provoking theatre groups will come together with a member of a leading childhood charity to talk about how childhood defines us all, and what it means to be a child of today. The audience will be invited to share how their early years influenced their adult selves in a fascinating and funny foray into their childhoods.
Where? 100 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH