Fantastic for Families guest blog: Mama G’s Family Pride Party
It’s Pride Month! A time for us to celebrate that families across the UK and the world are beautifully diverse, and that there’s space for each individual to be themselves. To mark the month, we’re spotlighting a pride event that’s Fantastic for Families. We asked Mama G, “everyone’s favourite pantomime dame” (Metro), to tell us more about her Family Pride Party which takes place at Stanley Arts, London this Sunday (June 26). Keep reading to find out about the charity that the event supports, who will be there and why you should go! Over to Mama G now…
I can’t wait to bring my family pride party back to Stanley Arts for its second year! We had such a good time raising funds for Mermaids that I just had to do it all again!
Mermaids is a charity that has been supporting transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families since 1995. They create a safe environment for families and medical professionals to explore a subject they may not have much knowledge of and help to equip parents with what they need to offer individual support. The transgender community is currently facing a backlash from the wider public, so there has never been a better time to stand up and show our support.
LGBTQIA+ issues affect people of all ages and it is such a privilege to host an event like family pride and be able to invite all generations to celebrate being who they want and loving who you are, with each other! My work as a storytelling pantomime dame is all about allowing children and their families to discover the best version of themselves; and I’m properly excited that so many of my friends are joining me to show our pride in EVERYONE!
And when I say “so many of my friends” I really mean it! For our event at Stanley Arts I’ve brought together dancers, singers, musicians, authors, artists and even Elmer the Patchwork Elephant to join in the fun.
Elmer is an icon in the literary world and super popular within the LGBT community because he’s rainbow bright and always exactly who he is! I’m very excited that the world of books is also lending me Pop ’n’ Olly, Simon James Green and Judy Hepburn for the event. Olly and Simon write amazing books, for all ages, that celebrate and educate on queer characters; while Judy Hepburn gives voice to historic people of colour and shares their stories with new audiences. I’m very pleased that the bookshop Tales on Moon Lane will also be joining us and you can explore their range of books that celebrate everyone.
From stage and screen there’ll be some of the other dames who joined me this year on Britain’s Got Talent! Not all eight could turn up, so we’ll be looking for new members – could that be you? Two west end stars will be singing and dancing: the original London Tracey in Hairspray Leanne Jones, and drag king extraordinaire Richard King (from Death Drop – he literally knows Willam, Latrice and Jujubee from RuPaul’s Drag Race – how cool is that?!) There’ll be award winning comic Katie Pritchard, Chris Donnelly who won Got to Dance as part of Chris and Wes, and Asifa Lahore who was brought to nationwide attention in a Channel 4 documentary that found out what it was like to be the UK’s first out Muslim drag queen.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a family event if we didn’t hand the stage over to some of the younger generations! I’m very excited that we’ll be having a performance from possibly the youngest drag queen in the UK: Kosmo. They are local to Stanley Arts and I know they’re going to blow the roof off the building! We’ll also have a visit from Stanley Arts’ resident theatre school CherryStars Performing Arts. I’m a big fan of theirs and I know that whatever they have planned will be cute, Cute, CUTE!
So go on – get booking! Tickets are pay what you can and are available here.
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