A talk by Simon Casson for the MPA Research Lecture Series
Monday 14 March 2016, 5.30pm
Duckie are a performance and events collective that create Good Nights Out, from their legendary 20-year weekly residency at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern to winning Olivier awards at the Barbican. Duckie claim they are purveyors of progressive working class entertainment, mixing live art and light entertainment, and see themselves as part of the tradition of British illegitimate theatre that spans centuries, from music hall to punk rock, penny gaffs to the fairground, gaudy variety to underground clubbing.
Duckie coined the term 'event culture' to describe the interactive experience they give to their audiences, blurring the boundaries between theatre, nightclubs and arty show business. They run a triptych of socially engaged arts clubs: The Posh Club (a glamorous cabaret for older folk), D.H.S.S (LGBT youth theatre) and The Slaughterhouse Club (arts project for homeless & vulnerable Londoners struggling with booze and addiction issues).
This is a free public event.
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