The Black Flamingo Cabaret

16th October 2019 19:30
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Dust down your feathers for a night at The Black Flamingo Cabaret, a sumptuous display of wordplay and gender-defying drag featuring black and queer performers. Hosted by poet and drag queen Dean Atta as The Black Flamingo, the evening will feature a collection of spectacular artists subverting gender through spoken word and poetry. The evening’s line-up will include performance artist, poet and LGBTQ+ activist Travis Alabanza and Sea the Poet, an artist whose work aims to empower marginalised people, whilst dismantling oppression. Prepare for a night of spellbinding cabaret you won’t want to miss!


Dean Atta was named one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. He was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize for his debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger. His poems deal with themes of race, gender, identity and growing up, and have appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Channel 4. Dean was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. He regularly performs across the UK and internationally. Dean is a member of Keats House Poets Forum and Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. He has a Philosophy and English BA from the University of Sussex and a Writer/Teacher MA from Goldsmiths, University of London. Dean is a tutor for Poetry School and a Writer in Residence for First Story. His debut novel, The Black Flamingo, will be published in August 2019 by Hodder Children’s Books.

Travis Alabanza is a performer, writer and theatre maker. In the last two years they have been noted by numerous publications, such as ARTSY, ID AND MOBO _AWARDS, as one of the most prominent emerging queer artistic voices, and also listed in OUT as an influential queer figure, appeared in campaigns with MAC X ASOS and performed across the country and internationally. Their unique mixture of performance, poetry, style, political views and risk taking performances has given them a unique placement both nationally and internationally.

Sea the Poet is a Pushcart Prize winner (2017), a Hammer and Tongue poetry slam finalist (Brighton, 2016), and their debut book, The Swagger of Dorothy Gale & Other Filthy Ways to Strut was winner of the Prairie Seed Poetry Prize (2016). Sea the Poet is a queer, Afro-Native American and a self-proclaimed “refugee of Kansas” residing in East Sussex, UK. They are passionate about intersectionality, veganism, black feminism, and other social movements that actively work towards empowering marginalised people, whilst dismantling oppression.
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