Somerset House Studios
Sat 10 Aug 2019

No Tea, No Shade

Sat 10 Aug 2019
20.30 - 01.00
Lancaster Rooms
New Wing

Performances that hold a mirror up to society and confronting, head-on, issues that are often treated as ‘too difficult’ to talk about, through the disarming yet damning use of drag culture.

Fearless bodies and marginalised identities that unapologetically take up space and call into question their experiences of racism, homophobia, transphobia or just the bullshit microaggressions that come from being Black and/or queer in a white, patriarchal, heteronormative society.

Hosted by Shakona Fire with performances from Lasana Shabazz. More TBA.


Lasana Shabazz is a performance artist, writer and director whose work incorporates theatre, dance, spoken word, visual art. They work in art galleries, theatres, arts festivals, museums, educational institutions Black, queer and QTIPOC art spaces internationally.

They originally trained as an actor at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh which culminated with their first artist residencies with Theatre Company MC theater and Imagine IC in Amsterdam, Holland. This transformed the versatility of their practice and started an immersive journey into interdisciplinary work. Since then they  have received arts residencies internationally with spaces such as The Tate Britain, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, Cripping the Stage (Toronto) and Bushwig (New York) to name a few.

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Lasana Shabazz
Lasana Shabazz

Shakona Fire has created a blazing talented trail through the drag and cabaret scene. This Barwotever Resident performer has created a number of acts paying tribute to pioneers in the community with a bad bitch twist. With a combination of a highly skilled lipsynch, dance and legs for days this award-nominated artist and lipsynch 1000 finalist has lit a flame that continues to burn bright. Are you ready to have your souls set alight?

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Shakona Fire
Shakona Fire