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February 15th, 2014

It’s official: we’re on hiatus!

As has perhaps been obvious for a while – The Cutlery Drawer is currently on hiatus until such a time that the organisers are able to dedicate an appropriate amount of time and resources to running events smoothly and keeping them accessible (both financially and in terms of accommodating people who need e.g. step-free access and quiet rooms). Unfortunately, poor health and other commitments mean that The Cutlery Drawer needs to continue waiting on the back burner for now. We ‘ll hopefully be back eventually – we look forward to seeing you on the other side!

In the meantime, if you’re looking for similar events, why not check out these?

Transpose - organised by CN Lester, Transpose takes place every few months at different venues around London and showcases trans and trans-allied musicians, poets, writers, filmmakers, and artists! The most recent Transpose was the Valentine’s Day edition, ‘To Russia With Love’ at the Lumen URC, which raised money for IGLYO; the next one is April 6th at the Tate Modern.

Quiltbag Cabaret – taking place every month in East Oxford Community Centre, Quiltbag Cabaret is a queer and feminist space with performances (poetry, music, comedy) and collaborative arts and crafts taking place at each event. The most recent event was on the 8th of February and raised money for PACE; the next event will be on March 15th and raise money for Oxford International Women’s Festival.

FemRock – FemRock is a monthly queer and feminist community event featuring Brighton’s best female-fronted music, plus spoken word from performers of all genders. The latest event was on January 7th and raised money for LaDIYfest Brighton; the next event is on February 19th and will raise money for Mind Out.

And finally, if you’d like to follow the adventures of Cutlery Drawer founder Hel Gurney, their blog can be found here!

January 9th, 2013

New year, new plans

Happy new year, everyone!

In 2012, we moved away from the London focus of 2011 and took two awesome fundraising shows to Brighton and Cambridge. So what’s in the pipeline for the coming year?

  • Gigs in Brighton, London, and anywhere else in the UK that wants us – in aid of amazing causes like Albert Kennedy Trust and local rape crisis centres.
  • We’re hoping to finally collaborate on an event in the Midlands with our friends at Rolling Head Promotions – stay tuned!
  • We have a recording of the Cambridge show, and are still working out the best way to use it (ideas include selling it as a DVD and/or download, putting clips on YouTube, or maybe even using it in a Kickstarter project!)
  • A new sibling project is on its way – it’s been on the back burner for a while, but now we’d like to start turning up the heat! Accessibility has always been a cornerstone of our events, and in the process of running The Cutlery Drawer, it’s become clear that finding fully accessible venues (particularly on a budget) is nigh-on impossible. So we’d like to fix this. If you’re interested in helping with a website aimed at promoters, private event organisers, and venue owners/managers that provides accurate acccessibility information for venues across the UK and guidance on making events/venues accessible to all, please do get in touch via comments, email, Facebook, or Twitter!

Thanks for reading! As ever, if you’re interested in performing at our events, would like to invite us to fundraise for you, or have any other skills/resources/information you’d like to offer, then please contact us. I’d like to publicly thank everyone who has done so in the past year – from performing to flyering, from catering to offering performers crash-space, from inviting your friends along to inviting us to fundraise for your LGBT+ library. You’re all amazing, and you make The Cutlery Drawer what it is. I can’t wait to spend the next year changing the world with you, one step at a time.

October 8th, 2012

Two links!

Busy times, busy times – I’ve been quite ill, and embroiled in the final stretch of my MA. But even though I’m once again taking a breather from organising Cutlery Drawer events, we’re still hitting the blogosphere elsewhere. Two links, for your delight and delectation:

The long-promised review of Political: A Gender from Tom Wein – which, I can attest, he wrote very shortly after the event – finally goes online, as Mr. Wein at last gives up on trying to find the password to his old blog and sets up a new one.

Wayward_Tapper from Brighton Feminist Collective interviews me on feminism, activism, and running The Cutlery Drawer here.

Enjoy – and stay tuned for future shiny events!

June 25th, 2012

Moulin Rage Cambridge – the final count…

After re-counting all the change and doing a little bit of rounding-up, we are pleased to announce that we took £316 for the Harry Harris LGBT+ Library! With venue hire and performer expenses, this amounts to £244 going straight into more books and resources for this amazing project.

If you’d like to donate anything (money, books, zines, DVDs) to the library, please contact lgbt-librarian(at)cusu(dot)ac(dot)uk!

I’d also like to make a public and heartfelt expression of gratitude to the heroic Alex Brett, without whom neither the Library nor this fundraiser would have happened. Alex invited The Cutlery Drawer to come to Cambridge, and took on work that would have been very difficult for me to do without spending significant time/money coming up from Brighton, such as finding a verifiably accessible venue and sourcing sound tech equipment. Alex was also able to recommend and book a number of the excellent local acts who performed, and generally shouldered a lot of administrative work. Thank you so much, Alex!

Finally, there have been a few edits to the pages on this site, and a brand new page to collect all our flyers – let us know what you think.

June 13th, 2012

Update on Cambridge

We’re sorry to announce that Not Right are no longer able to play at this event! But fear not, fans of angry political feminism – we have an extra-special DOUBLE SET from Lashings to make up for it, with a particularly political twist!

We can also confirm that vegan and gluten-free food will be available from Clancey’s catering service: if you want gluten-free food, or have other dietary requirements you need met, please tell Clancey beforehand to make sure we have enough!

We are very grateful to everyone who has volunteered to assist us on the night: we PROBABLY have enough people, but there is one role that has yet to be assigned, and we’d especially like to know who can do it: a volunteer to supervise the safe/quiet space we will be providing. This role means that you are likely to have restricted view of the stage, and may need to have your attention elsewhere: if multiple people volunteer for this, we can organise shifts to make sure you don’t miss your favourite acts.

Some of the team are still looking for places to stay overnight in Cambridge – if you can help with these, please let us know.

Keeping a record of this sort of event is a very important thing to do: if anyone with a camera would like to film it, again, please get in touch.

Finally, given the size of our volunteer team for this event, we would LOVE if anyone with access to a badge-maker could make us some shiny and official-looking badges to help attendees identify volunteers on the night!

Thank you all  – can’t wait to see you there!

[cross-posted to Facebook]

June 4th, 2012

June and July are go!

Ticket sales for Moulin Rage: Cambridge Edition are now live! Buy yours now – they’re more expensive on the door.

We also have another date for your diaries, which we may as well announce now – 18th July, The Brunswick, near Palmeira Square in Brighton and Hove! Confirmed acts include CN Lester, The Mechanisms, and Lashings of Ginger Beer Time, and we’re on the lookout for more (preferably Brighton-based)!

February 12th, 2012

Bits and pieces – including £1200 for GI!

1. A belated announcement – the fundraiser for Gendered Intelligence raised in excess of £1200! We don’t have the precise figures available, because this time it wasn’t an exclusively Cutlery Drawer event – the Art Auction and catering were all down to GI’s own amazing volunteer team. As at previous events, I was doing a mixture of stage management work (along with other amazing people) and being the Master of Ceremonies. It was an incredible evening with a really diverse range of performers, and the atmosphere was just right.

2. Another fundraiser is on the way – Rolling Head Promotions presents a night of arts and music, in aid of their local LGBTQ youth group! That’s on the 28th of February, Robbin’s Well, Leamington Spa. The observant among you may remember there were plans for a joint Rolling Head and Cutlery Drawer event for Rape Crisis – sadly, various circumstances have prevented this as yet, but we’ll keep you posted!

3. Word is getting around! I was incredibly pleased to see The Cutlery Drawer mentioned on the Lashings of Ginger Beer Time blog as able to organise venues which are safe and accessible spaces: it’s something really key to what our events are about, and it’s great to be referenced as doing well at it.

4. Finally – CALL FOR ARTISTS! The next Cutlery Drawer event will be Brighton-based: please get in touch if you’re interested in performing!



September 7th, 2011

Political: A Gender – final figures!

After checking expenses, it is my great pride and pleasure to announce that we made a stunning £643 for Gendered Intelligence! Amazing!

Stay tuned for a much longer blog post soon – in the meantime, check out the amazing review we got from Sabotage!

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August 3rd, 2011

Moulin Rage! The results are in…

Well, what a success for The Cutlery Drawer’s first event! We had around 70 people enjoying themselves in the Ballroom while the performers made us laugh, think, and cry – and best of all, we took a total of £450! Factoring in expenses, that’s £385 for Rape Crisis South London, which has just this moment been paid by direct bank transfer. What a triumph! Stay tuned for information about our next event, and perhaps even a more detailed write-up of Moulin Rage itself…

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July 10th, 2011


If you can’t make it to Moulin Rage! but would still like to participate in our fundraising drive for RASASC, you can now donate here. Thank you!

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