Rhys's Pieces, photo by Carl Doghouse

Oxford’s best loved cabaret OxPHWOARd is stepping out and coming to Didcot’s Cornerstone tonight (June 10) to celebrate Pride the fabulous way – with a ‘gorgeously queer’ glittering array of lip syncing, striptease, and comedy.

With some of the best in subversive burlesque and drag,The PHWOAR Next Door is “an explosion of queer, neo and boundary-pushing cabaret performances, from the fierce and feisty to the silly and surreal,” according to its founder Ginger Tart.

Ginger Tart

Among the cast is the iconic Rhys’s Pieces – a one person cabaret troupe, dancer, rapper, lipsyncer, host, genderbending drag act, and burlesque artist, and Oedipussi Rex – the beardiest of drag barbarians.

“We were ecstatic to be invited to be a part of celebrating Pride in Didcot. We make our shows unapologetically queer, intersectional, and so much fun. This is a space where there are no rules about gender and where people can be creative and weird and truly express themselves, and we are excited to bring this to even more people,” Ginger explains.

Frisky Whispers, photo by Say Tease Studios

Tickets at http://www.cornerstone-arts.org/whats/phwoar-next-door The show contains strong language and nudity. 18+).

If you miss it, fear not, because T(ART) Productions are putting on a brand new festival T(ART) Pride from 1 – 24 July. The festival promises a fabulous month of workshops, performances, and social events for LGBTQIA+ people and their allies, running throughout Oxford.

Experience the magic of the London ballroom scene and learn to vogue with the UK Pioneering Father Jay Jay Revlon. Show your body some love at queer yoga, an hour of breath, movement and relaxation.

Jay Jay Revlon

Find gender-affirming clothes at G(end)er Swap. Share your story at Queer Voices. Try something new at Queerlesque. And come and see the iconic cabaret show OxPHWOARd, displaying powerful queerness in all its gorgeous, dazzling forms.

From celebrating queer bodies at life drawing, to clothes swap and style workshops, an open mic night, cabaret shows, a gender neutral tango class, and a pride picnic, this festival is about “accepting yourself as you are, and celebrating it.”

Partly funded by Offbeat Festival, the events will be taking place at the Old Fire Station, South Oxford Community Centre, South Park, Common Ground and Rose Hill Community Centre.

OxPHWOARd – photo by Fyrefly Studios

T(ART) Pride is taking place across Oxford from 1 – 24 July. More information and tickets can be found at tartproductions.co.uk/tartpride.