We are Duckie.
We are lowbrow live art hawkers, homo-social honky-tonkers and clubrunners for disadvantaged, but dynamically developing authentic British subcultures
Duckie create good nights out and culture clubs that bring communities together
From our legendary 24-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, LGBTQI+ heritage & social archeology & quirky performance art shows with a trio of socially engaged culture clubs:
The Posh Club (our swanky showbiz palais for working class older folk, now regular in five locations)
The Slaughterhouse Club (our wellbeing project with homeless Londoners struggling with booze, addiction and mental health issues)
Duckie QTIPOC Creatives (our black and brown LGBTQI youth theatre, currently on a pause until we bag a funder)
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 130 events and 130 workshops each year - mostly in London and the South East - and our annual audience is about 30,000 real life punters
‘Duckie are not just rogueish pranksters, but chroniclers of the sickness at the heart of 21st-century life.'