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Duckie (at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern) *

1990s outrageousness still lifting the spirits on a Saturday night
A weekly arty, retro-happy and irreverent Saturday night event hosted by New Jersey-born handbag-wielding lipstick-lipped lesbian Amy Lamé, who in 1995 co-created this fabulous, mostly male institution with Simon Casson. The striking, stand-alone 1864 corner pub just south of Vauxhall's railway arches has had a gay thing going on since after the Second World War, with drag a house specialty. Lamé and Casson are unyielding in their zero tolerance for attitude, conspicuous hipness and shirtlessness. Those who recall the Bell in the mid-80s might well think that Duckie takes the alternative spirit of that long-gone King's Cross hot spot to the next level and beyond. Expect adventurous cabaret acts — this is where legendary now-split performance-art duo Kiki & Herb hit London first — and a playlist ranging from indie to camp with a sizeable dose of radio oldies, whether the Smiths, Kate Bush, the Mamas & the Papas, Joy Division, Baccara, Depeche Mode, the Monkees, Pulp or Fleetwood Mac. Lame's accomplices include the Readers Wifes (music) and the Cloths, and these "purveyors of progressive working-class entertainment" are bolstered by the Arts Council. In early 2014 Lamé announced her intentions to seek the Labour candidacy for a parliamentary seat in south London. Watch this space.

Tags: Mixed Gay/Straight, 30-somethings, 40-something, Over 50 crowd, Cabaret

372 Kennington Lane
London, England SE11 5HY

+44 20 7737 4043
Saturday 9pm—2am


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