Friday, November 12, 2010

Rag 5.

I am proud to present the fifth glorious edition of RAG magazine, being launched in Dublin on the 20th November at Seomra Spraoi, Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre.

RAG are a political group of Anarcha-feminists, that is women who identify both as anarchists and feminists (that's me!), who meet weekly, organise social meetings, events, discussions and produce an annual magazine.

This is our fifth edition and for this issue, I have written an article about burlesque, entitled "The Contentious Strip: Observations on Nudity and Sexuality in Dublin's Burlesque Scene" where I interview several of my favourite femmo burlesquers as well as discuss my own experiences and how I have come to choose cabaret and burlesque as a mode of expression.

I also interviewed Sally Outen from Feminist burlesque troupe Lashings of Ginger Beer (, co-wrote an article on New Media with Angela Nagle, interviewed Chella and Sarah of Adventures in Menstruating fanzine ( and co-ordinated lots of original artwork from women illustrators and artists, including my friendly babe Julia Duff ( and my new favourite, the talented Emma Wilson (who's illustration appears on our poster, above).

We like to throw a hoolie every year once the the hard graft is over and the beautiful magazine has been produced. Of course, both the party and the magazine get better every year (at least thats the idea) so this year, inspired by my presence in the group, we have decided to host a queer anarchafeminist cabaret!

I am extremely excited to annouce the line-up and plans for the night: an evening of performance, feminists reading, celebrating dancing, food and fun!

20th November
Seomra Spraoi
6pm for food
9pm for performances with popcorn and cake
Kids welcome
Fancy Dress Encouraged
Dancing til late
8euro donation including a copy of the magazine

Confirmed appearances from:

Mistress of Ceremonies: JELL O'FISH (Rag member)
Deirdre and Jonah (Acro performance/ song singing)
Oscillate Wildely (Queer Boylesque)
Apollonia Tribal Bellydance
Coin Operated Girls (Starring the wonderful D4 Von Teese and Donegal Catch)
The LoveCats' Azaria Starfire (Burlesque/ Comedy)
Leanne Harte (Queer Singer Song writer)
Blackbird (That's me, I'm a Ragster)
The Beast Woman and the Crash Test Cabaret Troupe (Comedy and Burlesque)
Julian Mandrews (The gorgeous gay and rather daper drag king)
Jennifer Evans (Amazing singer and guitarist)
And last but not least:
Prima Ballerina and the Renegade Dancer (Comedy)


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