Queer Nature After Hours

An evening of performance, art and music in the Temperate House.

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13, 14, 20 and 21 October 2023


6.30pm to 10.30pm


Kew Gardens


Kew member adult: £17

Adult: £19

Over 18s only

Join us for an evening of queer entertainment amongst the foliage of the iconic Temperate House, and enjoy exclusive access to the Queer Nature exhibition. 

Expect music, cabaret, comedy, drag artists and talks alongside a sprinkling of queer joy, surrounded by some of the world’s rarest and most endangered plants.

This is an inclusive evening for over 18’s only. Come along to experience Kew as you have never seen it before, After Hours.

Find the schedule here

What's on 

Trans Voices 

The founding members of Trans Voices – Ilā (they/them/she/her) and Coda (they/them) will perform original vocal soundscapes that are utterly distinctive. With performances that can be stirring calls to action, they will fill the Temperate House with soaring musical interludes throughout the evening.

Be More Mushroom Cabaret 

Welcome to Chanterelle’s, a place with no morels! In Chanterelle's the walls are grubby, the drinks are muddy and the mushroom performers will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew.

Queer Comedy Club

The Queer Comedy Club is the UK's first permanent LGBTQ+ comedy club, and this October they're bringing some of their best comedians to celebrate Queer Nature at Kew. Queer audiences and their friends can enjoy stand-up comedy knowing they’ll be hearing relevant, relatable, and most importantly of all, rib-ticklingly funny comedy that reflects their own lives.


Join Timberlina (they/them) as they host a series of irreverent performance rituals celebrating the healing powers of queer nature. These rituals will draw on ideas around gardening history and permaculture, inviting you to embrace your eco-anxiety, release your rage and summon your innate queer power.

Auntie Maureen

Theatrical DJ and horticulturalist Auntie Maureen (they/them/she/her) will be filling the rafters of the Temperate house with Queer tuneology galore, playing songs and ditties to keep your buds-a-bloom. There is never mush-room available on the dance floor when Auntie Maureen gets out their box of records! 

Beau Jangles

Catch Beau Jangles (he/him) at Queer Nature After Hours singing songs of lament, love, capitalism and…. Little Shop of Horrors. Allow yourself to be seduced by this time travelling, suave and sultry king of the 1940s. But remember, Beau is no shrinking violet! 

Bi-Curious George

Within the splendour of the Temperate House, Bi-Curious George (he/him) will broadcast immersive parody-monologues, set to soaring classical scores. The audience becomes George's parade of beautifully queer creatures and George becomes some of the animals too. Expect cabaret, parody songs, lip syncs, dancing, and sparkly costumes. 

Badge Café

Fertilise your own little round patch of queer nature at this crafty utopian hangout. Badge café puts old pics, books and mags to fresh badge-making use. It’s easy, welcoming and fun. Swing by for five minutes or bed in for hours. See what sprouts – you might surprise yourself. Hosted by Ben Walters (he/him). 

Enjoy delicious food and drink at the Pavilion Bar and Grill and from the pop-up food and drink stalls around the Temperate House. View menu

The Queer Nature talks programme with Kew experts will be announced shortly. 

All performances and talks are included in the ticket price.

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