The first ever Salisbury Queer Arts Weekender (SQUAWK) is a weekend to celebrate diversity, bringing together groups and individuals to enjoy a range of LGBTQIA talent – theatre, music, comedy, cabaret and drag artists – brought to you from across the UK.
We're delighted to introduce SQUAWK as part of our diverse and inclusive programme for all members of the community. Building on the success of last year’s Pride event, we are offering a range of live shows, workshops, talks and drop in sessions for everyone to enjoy. Bring your family and show your support!
FRIDAY 7 APRIL
'The Conscious Uncoupling', Rosie Wilby (book here)
In a brand new solo theatre and storytelling show, Radio 4 and festival regular Rosie Wilby interweaves a rich, romantic narrative about two people connecting over a shared love of Richard Hawley music and the London skyline with their eventual breakup emails and the visits of three ghosts from our romantic future, past and present.
‘Shadows’, O’Hooley & Tidow (book here)
Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of heart.
The Fabulous Ceri Dupree (book here)
The Faaaaaaabulous Ceri Dupree is back on the road with his One Man, 21 woman show. Presenting a glamorous evening of hysterical comedy, amazing vocal impersonations and jaw dropping, eye popping costumes. You could meet Adele, Cher, Joan Collins, Lady Ga Ga, Bjork, Shirley Bassey, Camilla and even the Queen!
SATURDAY 8 APRIL
Live Lunch set by ScuttleShake
ScuttleShake are a women's four-piece acoustic band playing an eclectic set of folk-tinged Americana with guitar, banjo, uke and drums. Free entry.
‘The Road to Pride’ screening and discussion
An innovative arts project curated by Trowbridge and Chippenham LGBT youth groups along with artist Tash Horton. For two months the groups explored identity and how to celebrate difference. The result is a beautiful exploration of individual stories which highlight the issue of equality for young people. A discussion with members of the group and Stonewall representatives will follow. Free entry.
Pottery drop-in with Mirka Golden-Hahn
Create your own unique magnet plaque with a personal message! Free entry.
Tea and a chat
Come and meet and mingle with other LGBTQIA parents over tea and cake. Children welcome and toys for little ones provided. Free entry.
African drumming workshop (book here)
Learn exciting rhythms in this group African drumming session! Every person gets his or her own instrument to play. Playing simple interlocking parts that soon become musical; the whole sound will be powerful, resonant and much greater than the sum of the parts. We also encourage the drummers to create their own rhythms, which often leads to a whole new piece of music. Everyone is involved and contributes to the music. There is no audience. There is no right or wrong. Drum circles create a sense of community and connection and are a lot of fun!
Singing workshop (book here)
Fun workshop with members of London Gay Men's Chorus led by LGMC Artistic Director Simon Sharp.
Miss Hope Springs (book here)
Internationally acclaimed comedy cabaret chanteuse Miss Hope Springs plays the piano and sings songs from her all original self-penned repertoire and tells hysterical stories from her ‘Ritz to the pits’ showbiz life. Hope is the creation of award-winning composer lyricist and entertainer Mr Ty Jeffries who spent some of his formative years growing up in Hollywood and even danced down Sunset Boulevard with Fred Astaire. Recommended age 16+
London Gay Men’s Chorus (book here)
The London Gay Men’s Chorus is no ordinary choir. It started life in 1991, when nine friends sang Christmas carols at Angel Underground Station to raise money for the Terrance Higgins Trust. Fast-forward to today and this band of singers now has over 200 members and is the largest gay choir in Europe. The LGMC Ensemble is a smaller group of experienced singers, around 16 members of the main Chorus. Experienced and talented performers, the Ensemble will blow you away with songs from their vast repertoire.
Party Night with Sadie Lee (book here)
Sadie Lee is an award-winning painter, art educator and antiquated Disc Jockey. For nine years she was a DJ and co-promoter of the much loved Lower the Tone – a club for people who hate clubs in North London. Hard-core 1970s in her dress sense as well as in her taste in music, she favours an eclectic selection of old-fashioned pop songs.