Sensational anti-drag queen David Hoyle to give special free performance in Leicester

Posted by ap507 at Feb 15, 2018 11:55 AM |
Showpiece event promises biting satire, bravura costumes and high comedy

Issued by University of Leicester on 15 February 2018

 

An image of David Hoyle is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tel9vhw9u1fidbl/AABNTTX8Ay90jpBfUzfJCu4Aa?dl=0

Sensational anti-drag queen David Hoyle is giving a special free performance in Leicester as part of LGBT+ History Month being marked at the University of Leicester.

Hoyle came to prominence in the 1990s as the Divine David. He appeared in several late night Channel 4 shows and later in Chris Morris's Nathan Barley but now performs live under his own name. He is closely associated with the Royal Vauxhall Tavern but has also performed at the Soho Theatre, Chelsea Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Victoria & Albert Museum.

Dr Emma Parker, from the University of Leicester, said: “This is a showpiece event in our rich repertoire of events for LGBT+ History Month. Expect biting satire, bravura costumes and high comedy.”

Time Out said of his shows: “There is nothing quite like it: bold and unique, electrifying and disarmingly humane”

An Evening with David Hoyle takes place on Friday 23 February, 7pm: George Davies Centre, Lecture Theatre 2, 15 Lancaster Rd, Leicester LE1 7HA.  Book your place here

The University has been rated as one of the top 100 employers in Stonewall’s Workplace index. Leicester was placed at 44 in Stonewall’s top 100 employers list, a jump of more than 200 places, which highlights the fantastic work which has taken place across the University.

Dr Kate Williams, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality and Diversity at the University, said: “This past year has seen a huge amount of activity on campus to celebrate our LGBT+ staff and students. Being ranked 44th in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers is fantastic recognition of the efforts to make the University a truly welcoming environment for all and we look forward to building on that achievement.

“Colleagues have put together a really interesting and varied programme of events for LGBT+ History Month again this year and I would encourage everyone to come along to these events and get involved.  By working together, we can realise our ambition to make the University a truly inclusive place to work and study.”

Forthcoming events include:

Queer Quiz Night

21 February, 7pm: Firebug, 1 Millstone Ln, Leicester LE1 5JN
On Tuesday 21 February, as part of the LGBT+ History Month celebrations, students and staff will be going head-to-head at the Queer Quiz Night, taking place at Firebug. All students and staff are welcome to attend this free event, and should brush up on their knowledge of all things LGBT+ if they want to win the grand prize! The quiz topics will cover pop culture, politics, history and current events, so start reading now. Quiz starts at 7pm, in the upstairs room in Firebug. Free entry.

Queer Comics with Esther De Dauw, Selina Lock and Grant Denkinson

Thursday 22nd February, 10am–12noon: Charles Wilson Second Floor LT Belvoir City Lounge
Join academics and staff in discussion about LGBT+ representation in graphic novels on Thursday 22 February. Dr Esther de Dauw will be talking about the history of gay characters in comic books, while Selina Lock and Grant Denkinson will be discussing the impact of comic books on their identity, as well as sharing their hot tips and recommendations.

Disability and LGBT+ Intersectionality Workshop

23 February, 1–3pm: Charles Wilson Building, 4th Floor Garendon Room
Free training workshop organised by the University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team, delivered by the Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living.

An Evening with David Hoyle

Friday 23 February, 7pm: George Davies Centre, Lecture Theatre 2, 15 Lancaster Rd, Leicester LE1 7HA
Join us for a very special performance by the sensational anti-drag queen, David Hoyle, followed by a Q & A. Hoyle came to prominence in the 1990s as the Divine David. He appeared in several late night Channel 4 shows and later in Chris Morris's Nathan Barley but now performs live under his own name. He is closely associated with the Royal Vauxhall Tavern but has also performed at the Soho Theatre, Chelsea Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Victoria & Albert Museum. Expect biting satire, bravura costumes and high comedy. “There is nothing quite like it: bold and unique, electrifying and disarmingly humane” - Time Out. Sponsored by the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. Book your place here.

Writing Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain

Monday 26 February, 11am–12noon: Leicester LGBT Centre, 15 Wellington St, Leicester LE1 6HH
Kate Harrad, bisexual activist and writer and the editor of recently published book Purple Prose, reads extracts from the book and discusses the issues around publishing a book on bisexuality. Topics covered by the book include definitions, dating, how to be a bi ally, and the identities that intersect with bisexuality. This is an informal session with discussion encouraged. Copies of Purple Prose will be available to buy.

Fictionally bi

Monday 26 February, 1–2pm: Charles Wilson Second Floor LT Belvoir City Lounge
Being able to see ourselves reflected in the culture around us can be a source of comfort and self-confidence. It makes us feel accepted, valued, normal. Yet, the representation of bisexual people in popular culture has historically been lacking, and bi representation continues to be plagued by terrible tropes and stereotypes... This session will explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of bisexual representation in popular culture and look at the empowering potential of varied and nuanced bisexual characters. Milena Popova has recently completed their PhD in Digital Cultures at the Digital Cultures Research Centre, UWE Bristol. They are a freelance writer, researcher and activist, and have authored blog posts, book chapters, and academic papers on a range of bisexual issues.

Trans+ Slumber Party: screening of Laurence Anyways

26 February, 7pm: Leicester LGBT Centre, 15 Wellington St, Leicester LE1 6HH
Don your comfy clothes, bring your popcorn and snacks and settle in for a laid back screening and conversation on Laurence Anyways. The 2012 romantic drama written, edited and directed by Xavier Dolan and winner of the Queer Palm Award at 2012 Cannes Film Festival explores an impossible love story spanning across a decade, chronicling the doomed love of Fred and Laurence, as well as the trials and tribulations that they face.

LGBT+ Staff Social Lunch

27 February, 12noon–2pm: Charles Wilson Second Floor LT Belvoir City Lounge
On Tuesday 27 February, the University of Leicester invites of our LGBT+ staff to a social lunch in Charles Wilson Building, where you can get to know your fellow queer peers. There’ll be a free buffet provided, as well as drinks and a chance for attendees to speak to the group should they wish. The event will run from 12-2pm in the Belvoir City Lounge, on the 2nd floor of the Charles Wilson Building.

Sex, Politics and Contemporary Queer Cinema + Screening of Blue is the Warmest Color

Wednesday 28 February, 6pm: Attenborough Film Theatre (Attenborough tower basement)
This critical introduction to Blue is the Warmest Colour will delineate the relationship between contemporary queer cinema and the politics of representing explicit sex on-screen. The talk will also discuss the controversies Blue is the Warmest Color faced (and still does face), and why the male gaze debate is still so pertinent to the analysis of lesbian sex in cinema. Book your place here.

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