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The KOC Initiative XI: Through the Looking Glass


The KOC Initiative: All POC Drag King Cabaret!

Come join us for a spectacular night of all POC Drag King Cabaret on Thursday 13th June at The Looking Glass Cocktail Club!

and your host with the most (thongs) ZAYN PHALLIC! 

This is the KOC Initiative: the UK’s only cabaret night dedicated to showcasing drag kings of colour. Radically reclaiming cabaret with its king-tastic line-up consisting entirely of performers of colour, this is cabaret that degentrifies, decolonises and deconstructs the art of drag itself – all whilst putting on one hell of a show.

The KOC Initiative is curated by one of the UK’s most influential drag kings, Zayn Phallic. In 2017 he set out to create a night where kings of colour were prioritised, not tokenised, after growing tired of producers excusing all-white line-ups with the claim that ‘there just aren’t enough kings of colour to book’. Both with their undeniable talent and the sheer quantity of kings that have been featured on the KOC stage, The KOC Initiative shatters this myth with power, passion and positivity.  

Radical, raunchy, silly, sensational – The KOC Initiative has been home to award-winning and critically acclaimed performers, who have been featured in both national and international media and shared stages with stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race. As the KOC Initiative they have wowed and delighted audiences at prides, festivals and sold-out shows across the country. Whether it be showstopping lipsync, comedy, dance, burlesque, circus, song or even a magic trick or two – you’re guaranteed to see some of the UK’s hottest drag acts on the KOC stage. 

GET READY Expect a wild ride of laughs, tears, politics and empowerment in a joyful celebration of drag kings of colour at one of the country’s queerest, wittiest and most politically on point drag shows.   

KOC FAMILY Dedicated to enabling queer people of colour to have access to drag that actually represents them, at least 10% of the tickets for each show are available as Pay What You Can for qpoc who would find the ticket prices financially inaccessible. These tickets are in part funded by donations from audience members which ensures that KOC performers are still paid what they deserve (so yes, you can come to the KOC Initiative for free if you need to.)*   

SAFER SPACES The KOC Initiative is a queer-phobia-, racism-, misogyny- and harassment-free zone both on and off stage. Please see our safer spaces policy and our access guidelines for more information of what you can expect from us, and what we expect from you in order to keep this a spectacular, inclusive and joyful space for all involved.   

TAKING THE POWER BACK A gleeful antidote to the erasure, diminishing and tokenisation of art by bodies of colour in drag, this ground-breaking initiative is an essential and celebratory night of king cabaret of the highest calibre. Be a part of the Initiative: Book your tickets now. 

Wish the KOC Initiative would come to a city near you? Get in touch: 
IG: @kocinitiative  
The Looking Glass Cocktail Club is a step-free venue and has an accessible toilet. If you have further queries about access at the Looking Glass Cocktail Club, you can get in touch here: 
For further information about our access at the KOC Initiative, please see our Accessibility guidelines. 

*COME TO KOC FOR FREE PWYC tickets are available for qpoc for whom the entry price would be a barrier from Outsavvy. The minimum price Outsavvy accepts is £1 to which it adds a 50p fee. If you needed a totally free ticket, just let staff know at the door and your £1.50 will be refunded. :)

Earlier Event: June 10
Later Event: June 17