Duckie: Arts enterprise, homo-social honky-tonk and performance clubs for extraordinary populations.
Duckie create good nights out and culture clubs that bring communities together.
From our legendary 21-year weekly residency at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern to winning Olivier awards at the Barbican, we are purveyors of progressive working class entertainment who mix live art and light entertainment.
Duckie combine vintage queer clubbing, LGBT heritage & social archeology & quirky performance art shows with a quintet of socially engaged culture clubs:
The Posh Club (our glamorous cabaret with older folk in five towns)
The Slaughterhouse Club (our wellbeing project with homeless Londoners struggling with booze, addiction and mental health issues)
Palace of Varieties (our dementia friendly arts showbar in care homes)
Duckie Youth (our LGBTQ youth theatre, starts early 2018)
Duckie Family (our culture club with queer people of colour).
This is A MANIFESTO.
We believe that art and performance can be used as tools to bring about community solidarity, to make ordinary people happy and even for personal development and recovery for the most vulnerable amounst us.
Duckie believe in giving a Class Analysis to culture, in order to make the best work available to communities that might not otherwise have access to it. We use popular forms entertainment, volunteer participation and the poetics of partying to make our shows accessible to communities that are sometimes marginalized from the arts.
Don't get us mixed up with Bourgeois Wallahs.
Duckie have long-term relationships with a few major venues including Barbican Centre, Rich Mix, Southbank Centre and the Brighton Dome, but we mostly put on our funny theatre events in pubs, nightclubs, church halls and community centres. We are a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England and revenue funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
As committed grafters and public servants, Duckie produce about 100 events and 100 workshops each year - mostly in London and the South East - and our annual audience is about 26,000 real life punters.
Duckie's 21st Birthday was held at Electric Brixton on Friday 3 December 2016.
‘Duckie are not just rogueish pranksters, but chroniclers of the sickness at the heart of 21st-century life.'