Interview with Duckie Darling Simon Casson ahead of Gay Shame & Lesbian Weakness
We caught up with Duckie co-founder Simon Casson to talk about the infamous Saturday night gay cabaret knees up, inspirations, favourite places and more!
Tell us about the events you make?
We are Duckie – the purveyors of progressive working class entertainment. Theatre in clubs and clubs in theatres, knees ups for old ladies, om-pah-pah for the post queer precariat – you know the sort of thing…
What makes your events different?
We are more of an art-house than a whorehouse.
What’s your favourite show you’ve produced & why?
The Posh Club is our beautiful secret club for old timers in the sticks.
Who inspires you?
My three heavyweights are: Kevin Rowland – because he is the original young soul rebel; Baron Maurice Glasman – because intectual leftist Jews are sexy and righteous; and Azonto London All Stars – because I schelp to hiplife.
What are your favourite places to go in London?
Muma Lan’s in Clapham for Beijing Street Food, Vauxhall homeless hostels to play pool and feel solidarity with the addicts, Regents Park to smell the roses and fraternise with the rich foreign elite.
What are your favourite free or cheap things to do in London?
Parliament Hill Fields for summer picnics, cycling on a sunny day and walking down the river with my beautiful girlfriend Yin-Wai Wong.
What’s on your To Do List for the rest of 2014?
With it’s radical use of film, installation and performance, Gay Shame on Saturday 28th June will show the venue formally known as The Fridge at it’s very best. This is a shout out to all the tattoooted sailer girls – see you down there.
Ann Liv Young (below) is performing at Gay Shame this week!
I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.