Southwark Pride

Part of JUNE 24th – JULY 9th

The Southwark LGBT+ Pride Festival is a contribution to Pride in London, the festival of arts and community activity built up around the Pride Parade on Saturday July 8th.  It runs June 24th – July 9th and takes place all over London, in venues large and small.

As part of this, Homo Promos Theatre Company and The Ivy House are proudly contributing to this with a Southwark LGBT Pride Festival mainly based at the Ivy House.  It will consist of theatre, cabaret, films, quizzes and other surprise mystery events!

Highlights so far:  A London-wide Quiz Contest called the Capital Quiz; the premiere of a classic gay film long thought lost, called ‘David is Homosexual’, made in Lewisham in 1976; pioneering LGBT Rights/Equalities campaigner and 1980s politician Linda Bellos in conversation; a community play about the last 2 men hanged for sodomy in Britain, performed outside the house where they were arrested; and a very special Special Guest whose very name will recall the days of the 1970s and 80s when the Ivy House was in its glory days as a music venue.

Want to get involved?

Volunteer?

Contact Peter Scott-Presland at 

homopromos@gmail.com 

Walk the Parade?

It’s Saturday July 9th 

http://prideinlondon.org/events/2017/07/08/parade 

Want to share?

All Pride Events will be found here and on theses other Social Media platforms

Website:

 www.ivyhousenunhead.com/events.php   

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/southwarklgbtpride/

Twitter:

@homopromos

Using the Hashtag:

#southwarklgbtpride




June




Sunday, 25th June:

The Nunhead Treasure Hunt

2pm – 6pm, FREE ENTRY

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1042954815835710

Twitter: @homopromos

Hashtags: #NUNhunt, #southwarklgbtpride

A trail around Nunhead Cemetery spotting the answers to questions and identifying pictures.   Nunhead Cemetery is a wild and beautiful gothic cemetery with a very interesting history.  The Hunt is open to individuals and teams of any size.  Please email in advance so we print enough entry forms: homopromos@gmail.com.  

Meet at The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, SE15 3BE from 2pm onwards to get your entry forms and your 20% food discount on Ivy House food (kitchen closes at 6pm).  Answers given at 6pm.  Prizes – £50 bar tab voucher and chocolates. 


Sunday, 25th June:

From Fairly Vocal to Varifocal – Cabaret

8pm – 10pm, FREE ENTRY  

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1102062316604637

Twitter: @homopromos

Hashtag: #fairlyvocal, #southwarklgbtpride

Clare Summerskill and Martha D. Lewis present an Evening of Song and Celebration: From Fairly Vocal to Varifocal. Many of you will know Clare from her peerless work in oral history which has resulted in such classic books of reminiscence as Gateway to Heaven, Hearing Voices and Rights of Passage. However, before that, she was an incredibly talented lesbian musical comedy cabaret performer, initially in the duo Alice and Clare, with Alice Arnold, and then as a solo performer. Now with a new album out, Love to be Found, Clare is back with a vengeance. She is joined for this occasion by half of another talented duo; singer/composer Martha D. Lewis. Martha met Eve Polycarpou in 1987, and formed the hugely successful Donna and Kebab, everybody’s favourite Greeks. The duo mutated into Donna and Kbb and then Martha and Eve. Martha will, like Clare, be featuring a lot of new material, and we are hugely honoured to have secured them for the Festival at the Ivy House in something of a coup!


Monday, 26th June:

Trans – Inclusive yoga

8pm – 10pm, £5 or £10 per session

Where: Greenwich West Community Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8JA


Monday, 26th June:

TELL – TALE -TRACKS  

8pm – 10pm, FREE ENTRY  

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1102062316604637

Twitter: @homopromos

Hashtag: #telltaletracks, #southwarklgbtpride

Everyone knows of Desert Island Discs, the Britain’s longest-running radio show apart from the Daily Service; in it, a ‘castaway’ chooses 8 records to take to a desert island in the event they are shipwrecked.  This is slightly different, with an emphasis on life-changing music.  Music accompanies our most intense moments, inspires us, boosts us and occasionally blows our minds.  In ‘Tell-Tale Tracks’, five guests will choose and talk about three pieces of music each which have helped to make them the person they are today and to do what they do.  Members of the audience are also invited to bring a single life-changing track to the gig, and talk about how it affected them.  .MP3 format please, on phone, SD card, or memory stick.

Confirmed Speakers are:

LINDA BELLOS:  Leader of Lambeth Council 1985 – 88, who came out as a lesbian in 1980.  One of the main scapegoats of the Tory Press, she was attacked as ‘loony left’ for introducing equalities provision in services which, thirty years later, are regarded as standard by most authorities.  Of mixed heritage, she now works as an equalities consultant.

ANDREW LUMSDEN:  Member of the Gay Liberation Front 1970-73, co-founder of ‘Gay News’ 1972, ‘Financial Times’ journalist, painter and tour guide.  He has just completed ‘Henry Labouchere and the Sodomites’, a biography of the life and times of the MP whose infamous amendment martyred Oscar Wilde and thousands of other gay men.

KATE HUTCHINSON: CEO of Wipe Out Transphobia, and rock musician.  She was inspired to transition by a number of performers who blurred the lines of gender, and their songs, from the 1970s onwards; which will she choose…??  She has been performing herself for many years.

WILL McCALLUM:   Young environmental activist who acts as a political adviser to Greenpeace.  He lives his beliefs, founding a bicycle co-operative Broken Spokes, working to challenge militarism in all forms in Forces Watch, and now a leading activist (he would question the word ‘leading’) in Sexual Avengers.  Sexual Avengers reclaim London’s LGBT History, and take direct action to protest a variety of causes.  They organised the Queer Bridge (Vauxhall) in the anti-Trump demonstration, Bridges not Walls.


Thursday, 29th June:

Killer Drag Queens on Dope

8pm – 11pm, FREE ENTRY

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1916588421917937

Twitter: @homopromos
Hashtag: #killerdragqueens, #southwarklgbtpride

A tribute to transwoman actor Alexis (Alex) Arquette, who died late last year from cardiac arrest, having lived with HIV for 29 years. Alex was a vocal activist for trans rights, and when playing gay men earlier in her career (I think I do) was equally assertive for positive gay characters. Mainly involved in underground/Indie movies, she was also a cabaret performer and cartoonist, and greatly loved by other performers.

She appears in ‘Killer Drag Queens on Dope’ under her cabaret performing name, Eva Destruction. She and Omar Alexis play two drugged-up drag queens who are secretly contract killers. The heavies either want to kill them or sleep with them…. This ultra-low budget movie is very much a marmite flick – it’s either a trash classic, if you’re on its wavelength, or a tedious bit of self-indulgence. But both fans and detractors agree that Alex is commanding, luminous.

Showing with Laurel and Hardy’s Twice Two, in which each has a dual role as self and sister, and so they end up marrying each other twice, if you see what I mean. L & H may not have been gay, but they were certainly Queer.


 

Friday, 30th June:

South London Trans and Gender-Nonconforming Swimming

Every Friday 8pm – 10pm, £3.65 ENTRY

Twitter: @homopromos
Hashtag: #southwarklgbtpride

A body-positive space with own changing rooms; relax and exercise in a welcoming and trans-positive environment. 

WHERE: GLASS MILL LEISURE CENTRE, 41 LOAMPIT VALE, LEWISHAM SE13 7FT.




July





Saturday, 1st July:

The Keyhole – Community Play

 2pm & 5pm, FREE ENTRY

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1201475639978982

Twitter: @homopromos
Hashtag: #sodomytrialplay

HOMO PROMOS presents The Keyhole:  Being the re-enactment of the arrest, trial and execution of James Pratt and John Smith, the last two men to be hanged for sodomy in the UK.

On August 29th 1835, James Pratt and John Smith were arrested at 45 George Street in Southwark; on September 21st they were tried for sodomy, along with William Bonill, whose room they were using.  They were sentenced to death, and Bonhill to transportation for life, after a trial lasting less than an hour, purely on the trumped-up evidence of the landlord and his wife.

The landlord and his wife changed their mind and appealed for clemency; the magistrate who committed them to trial appealed for clemency; the barrister leading the prosecution appealed for clemency.  The Prime Minister made sure the appeals never came before the king.

They were hanged in public, outside Newgate Prison, on November 27th 1835.  The hangman, William Calcroft was a drunk and an incompetent….  James Pratt left a widow and two young children.

July 1st, 2pm: Outside 45 Dolben Street (formerly George Street)

off Blackfriars Road.  

July 1st, 5pm: Outside the Albany, Douglas Way, SE 8


Monday, 3rd July:

Trans – Inclusive Yoga

8pm – 10pm, £5 or £10 per session

Where: GREENWICH WEST COMMUNITY CENTER,

141 GREENWICH HIGH ROAD, SE10 8JA


Saturday, 1st July:

Capital Quiz

 8pm, FREE ENTRY

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/296657694120313/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%223%22%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22%3A%22regular%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%22117%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

Twitter: @homopromos

Hashtag:#lgbtcapitalquiz

The Capital Quiz ran 1981 – 2009, sponsored first by ‘Capital Gay’, the weekly free paper, and then by Central Station, the gay bar at Kings Cross.  In it, teams from all across London (often more than thirty of them), competed for a cup, and a cash prize.  Each team consisted of three people, and either represented a group or a pub, or was just put together by a group of friends. Homo Promos, which was a co-organiser of the Quiz for its last ten years, is now reviving the tradition, but compressing it into a single evening.  In part one there will be a paper quiz of six rounds; in part two, the top two teams will fight it out onstage with a University-Challenge-style finale, complete with bells and buzzers.  All questions will be LGBT-related in some way or another.

Entries are invited from any social or political group or group of friends from anywhere in London.  Teams should a) consist of three people, (b) have a team name, and (x) have at least one LGBT+ member.  They should also not be shy about appearing onstage if they reach the finale.  Entries in advance to homopromos@gmail.com, please, before June 25th.  

There are two prizes of chocolates for the finalists, in addition to the Cup.


Tuesday, 4th July:

Historic Film Night

8pm, FREE ENTRY

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/106893669902615

Twitter: @homopromos

Hashtag:#1967andallthat

An evening of short documentaries and features to mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalised sex between men.

THE COLOUR OF HIS HAIR (2017, dir. Sam Ashby). 23 mins. A realisation of a script written by Elizabeth Montagu in the early 1960s for the Homosexual Law Reform Society but never filmed.  Montagu was the wife of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, sent to prison in the wake of the most sensational case of the 1950s witch-hunts against gay and bisexual men.  Ashby contrasts her tale of two men hounded by a blackmailer with contemporary real-life footage of gay men and the newspaper headlines that screamed at them.  Introduced by the director.


DAVID IS HOMOSEXUAL (1976, dir. Wilf Avery). 40 minutes.  A local group of the Campaign For Homosexual Equality in Lewisham decided to make a semi-fictional film about the pressures on a young gay man to hide in the closet, and the happiness and fulfilment attendant on coming out and joining a gay group.  Funded largely by jumble sales and discos, it features most of the members of the group in the roles, and has priceless footage of the 1976 Pride March.  Naïve and simplistic, but ultimately brave and very touching.  Introduced by cameraman David Belton.

PUTTING ON THE DISH (2016, dir, Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston). 7 minutes.  In 1962 a couple of strangers meet on a park bench on Hampstead Heath; they talk about life, sex, and the hostility of the straight world.  An ordinary conversation made extraordinary for being entirely in Polari.  Polari was the underground queer language used until the 1970s, which fell out of favour with the rise of LGBT activism.  It is now being rediscovered and reclaimed by the young Queer generation.  Introduced by the directors.

 


Wednesday, 5th July:

LGBT Ivy House Pub Quiz 

8pm, £2 Per Person  

Twitter: @homopromos

Hashtag: #LGBTPubQuiz

The usual weekly pub quiz is given a new twist by having questions entirely related to LGBT+.   The quiz has a large following of pub regulars, most of whom are straight, but the questions are designed to be accessible to all.  Come as a team of any size, or come as an individual.  


Thursday, 6th July:

Out 4 a Good Time – a benefit for Igor Kochetkov and the Russian LGBT Federation

 8pm, £10 ENTRY

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1938402896404859

Tickets: http://www.seetickets.com/event/better-out-than-in-russian-lgbt-groups-benefit/the-ivy-house-nunhead-london/1101943

Twitter: @homopromos

Hashtag:#Out4agoodtime

The final night of the festival at the Ivy House features a range of acts musical, comic, and poetic, including:

BARBERFELLAS:  An offshoot of the Pink Singers, specialising in spine-tingling close harmony, a capella singing and some very camp routines.  Material ranges from musicals to gospel.  This spring they are appearing/have appeared in Bologna, Hong Kong – and our own Dulwich Festival of Choirs.

MARCUS REEVES:  A singer-songwriter of huge range and versatility, combining sharp lyrics, memorable tunes and a highly theatrical style.  He has written musicals (‘Postcards from God’ on the life of Sister Wendy), poetry (‘Sighs Ten’) as well as several EPs, a benefit single ‘Russian Roulette’, and his first full-length CD ‘Quicksilver – the Masquerade Macabre’.  ‘Art of Darkness’, a new EP, appears on May 26th.  ‘A Genius, a maestro, a misfit’ – David Hoyle.  ‘A New Tim Rice’ – Elaine Page.

PETER SCOTT-PRESLAND:  The Vera Lynn of the Gay Movement (as it used to be) and almost Last Man Standing as far as early gay singer-songwriters are concerned.  In May 1972 did his first original gay cabaret act, in a nasty beige frock, singing original songs to an audience of 300 drunken rugby players.  He survived.  Since then he has been playwright, librettist, journalist and historian; he has won two Edinburgh Fringe Firsts and been nominated twice for Best Musical.  These he wrote with DAVID HARROD his long-time accompanist and writing partner, who appears with him tonight.

LEE GRIFFTHS started as a young soul star from Moston, whose fiercely political debut album ‘Northern Songs’ still scores, 17 years after its release, unanimous 5-star reviews on Amazon.  Following a 5-star barney with the record producer he retired from the exploitative business, only to return in 2007 with the truly astonishing ‘Armchair Anarchists’.  ‘Hippy Dippy’ is a sardonic Mancunian riposte to the Sergeant Pepper generation, while ‘Scared’ is the poignant coming out song of a late developer.  Dark satiric wit marries one of the best white soul voices around.

TOM ROBINSON:  Tom wrote and sang the sound track of our gay lives from the mid-70s onward, with the original and best anthem, ‘Glad to Be Gay’, followed by ‘Never Going to Fall in Love Again’, co-written with Elton John.  ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’, ‘Don’t Take No for an Answer’ and ‘War Baby’ all had chart success; with his first album in 20 years, ‘Only the Now’, Tom has lost none of his politics, wit, anger or melodic gifts.  Come and hear a uniquely talented voice of our community.


Friday, 30th July:

South London Trans and Gender-Nonconforming Swimming

Every Friday 8pm – 10pm, £3.65 ENTRY

Twitter: @homopromos

Hashtag: #southwarklgbtpride

A body-positive space with own changing rooms; relax and exercise in a welcoming and trans-positive environment. 

WHERE: GLASS MILL LEISURE CENTRE,

41 LOAMPIT VALE, LEWISHAM SE13 7FT.




The Southwark LGBT Extension for CROYDON PRIDE

COMING SOON…

Enterprising Croydon is organising its 2nd LGBT Pride March for July 15th, and to support this Homo Promos has taken the Spread Eagle, Katharine Street, for two nights beforehand to build up the sense of excitement and occasion, to provide a chance for people who can’t parade to enjoy something of Pride, and to showcase a few of the talents which will be appearing on the open stage on Saturday 15th.




Main Menu

Starters and light bites

Spring rolls served with a sweet Thai chilli dip (v) 6.00

Hummus served with a selection of crudites (v) (S) 4.50

Piri Piri chicken wings served with fresh coriander and a blue cheese dip 6.00

Kiln roast salmon served with a mixed leaf salad and a sour cream and chive dressing 7.00

Garlic and chilli olives (Vegan) 3.50

Chips 3.00

Mains

Lamb chops served with a pea, feta, roasted pepper, mint and courgette salad 14.50

Chicken Caesar salad served with croutons and anchovies 11.50

Mackerel fillet served on a bed of samphire and crispy potatoes with a lemon, shallot and butter sauce 10.00

Linguine served with King prawns and squid with a fresh tomato sauce 12.50

Tabbouleh salad topped with bean, sundried tomato and mushroom croquettes served with a Romesco sauce (N) (vegan) 12.00

The Ivy House burger 9.50

Cajun chicken burger served with lime mayo 10.00

Spinach and lentil burger served with salsa (Vegan) 9.50

All burgers served in a sourdough bun with tomato, rocket, and a side of chips. Add bacon, cheese, pickled cucumber, caramelised onions or jalapeños for £1 each.

Kids’ menu

Linguine served with a fresh tomato sauce 5.00

Chicken wings and chips 5.50

Ivy House Kids burger or Ivy House vegi Burger 5.50

Desserts

Sticky toffee pudding served with vanilla ice cream 4.50

Chocolate pudding served with vanilla ice cream (N) 4.50

Ice cream – choice of Devon toffee, vanilla or strawberry 3.00

Kids’ single scoop 1.00

Winter Main Menu

Starters and light bites

Lemon and garlic chorizo served with warm focaccia 5.0

Spicy chicken wings served with a blue cheese dip and fresh coriander 6

Hummus with a selection of crudites 4.50

Garlic and chilli olives 3.50

chips 3

Mains

Sirloin steak served with chips and a creamy masala, peppercorn and mushroom sauce 14.50

Chicken supreme served with crispy potatoes, peas and bacon with a tarragon, butter and lemon sauce 12.50

Fillet of Coley served with roasted vegetables and a black tapenade 12.50

Linguine with roasted peppers, black olives and tomato sauce (v)10.00

Beetroot and black bean stew served with couscous (vegan) 10.00

The Ivy House burger 9.50

Lamb burger drizzled with Tzatziki 11

Chicken satay burger served with pickled cucumber 10.00

Spinach and lentil burger served with salsa (Vegan) 9.50

All burgers served in a sourdough bun with tomato, rocket, and a side of chips. Add bacon, cheese, pickled cucumber, caramelised onions or jalapeños for £1 each.

Kids menu

Linguine served with a fresh tomato sauce 5.00

Chicken wings and chips 5.50

Ivy House Kids burger or Ivy House Vegi Burger 5.50

Desserts

Sticky toffee pudding served with vanilla ice cream 4.50

Chocolate pudding served with vanilla ice cream (N) 4.50

Ice cream- choice of Devon toffee, vanilla or strawberry 3.00

Kids’ single scoop 1.00

Winter menu

Starters and light bites

Lemon and garlic chorizo served with warm focaccia 5.0
Spicy chicken wings served with a blue cheese dip and fresh coriander 6
Hummus with a selection of crudites 4.50
Garlic and chilli olives 3.50
Chips 3

Mains

Sirloin steak served with chips and a creamy masala, peppercorn and mushroom sauce 14.50
Chicken supreme served with crispy potatoes, peas and bacon with a tarragon, butter and lemon sauce 12.50
Fillet of Coley served with roasted vegetables and a black tapenade 12.50
Linguine with roasted peppers, black olives and tomato sauce (v)10.00
Beetroot and black bean stew served with couscous (vegan) 10.00
The Ivy House burger 9.50
Lamb burger drizzled with Tzatziki 11
Chicken satay burger served with pickled cucumber 10.00
Spinach and lentil burger served with salsa (Vegan) 9.50

All burgers served in a sourdough bun with tomato, rocket, and a side of chips. Add bacon, cheese, pickled cucumber, caramelised onions or jalapeños for £1 each.

Kids menu

Linguine served with a fresh tomato sauce 5.00
Chicken wings and chips 5.50
Ivy House Kids burger or Ivy House vegi burger 5.50

Desserts

Sticky toffee pudding served with vanilla ice cream 4.50
Chocolate pudding served with vanilla ice cream (N) 4.50
Ice cream- choice of Devon toffee, vanilla or strawberry 3.00
Kids’ single scoop 1.00

Christmas Menu

Hot smoked salmon salad served with a sour cream, chive and lemon dressing

Chicken Liver pate served with warm focaccia

Roasted Red and Yellow pepper soup served with a warm bread roll


Roast Turkey Crown served with roasted potatoes, carrots, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, red cabbage, pigs in blankets and a red wine gravy

Salmon fillet served with a hollandaise sauce, roasted potatoes, carrots, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, and red cabbage

Red Lentil, Kale and butternut squash bake served with roasted potatoes, carrots, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, red cabbage, and gravy


Traditional Christmas pudding served with brandy cream

Panna cotta served with a red berry coulis

Chocolate pudding served with vanilla ice cream

£17 for 2 courses
£22 for 3 courses
Minimum booking 10 adults although we can also do children’s portions!

Pub Quiz

NO PUB QUIZ May 24!

See you Ivy House Quizzers May 10 & May 31.

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Winners Happy Birthday Sue 3

Peter’s pub quiz on Feb 1st was a great success! A packed room, eight teams, a prize of over £50 and a victory snatched by one point made for an exciting quiz night.  Winners were ‘Happy Birthday Sue’ (pictured), a regular group who won a few weeks ago.  Claire and Lucie are involved in the campaign to save historic gay venue Royal Vauxhall Tavern, where a group has succeeded in getting it recognised as an Outstanding Community Asset and is now trying to raise the £2.5 million needed to buy it.  It’s very much the same process as acquired the Ivy House.  Fingers crossed.  Anyone interested in more information can write to me at homopromos@googlemail.com.  (You can also email this address to get on the quiz mailing list.)
And the name ‘Happy Birthday Sue?’  It was meant to be a nice surprise, but Sue didn’t turn up.  Bitch.
Next Peter quiz is 1st March, which will have a slight female slant, in honour of International Women’s Day on 8th March.