Could you be the next Alternative Queen of Reading?

Last year I helped judge an amazing event, the Alternative Queen of Reading, and I’m so excited to hear it’s back for its fourth year this summer.

The AQ2015 line-up_Photo credit Richard Mckenzie at DigitalMcK

Running as part of the Reading Fringe Festival, the Alternative Queen of Reading is a chance for the women of Reading to get up on stage, strut their stuff, be a bit bonkers, make people laugh, inspire, entertain and just be downright awesome.

It’s a cabaret style evening, where each act comes on stage and gives a short performance – whether it’s reading a poem, a burlesque act, a comedy song, or something totally ridiculous like shooting oneself out of a confetti cannon. (I’m not sure that would pass the health and safety, but you get the drift).

At the end of the night, the judges pick a winner, and a new Alternative Queen of Reading is crowned. Last year the crown went to the wonderful Gog, after she won us over with her charming persona, and hilarious songs.

The fantastic Gog. Photo by Digital McK

The fantastic Gog. Photo by Digital McK

“It’s a laugh, yeah,” says Gog. “And it’s for a really good cause! I didn’t think much of it no, just turn up have a glass of wine sing one of my songs and then go home, I thought. Then you’ve got a crown and people are asking you to do gigs! They say I’m meant to give the crown back. I hope they’re good with disappointment, because it’s too nice to give back.”

As I wrote in a post after last year’s event, each year sees such a wonderful variety of women taking part, and it really is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all the things that make Reading’s women great.

So, that brings me on to the reason we’re here. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be crowned the Alternative Queen of Reading, the organisers want to hear from you. They’re looking for contestants to take part in this year’s show on Sunday, 24 July, at the Pental Hotel. You need to be over 18, and have a title and concept for your act. Applications are open from now until 12 June, and you can apply by visiting www.alternativequeen.com.

The 2015 contestants. Photo by Digital McK

The 2015 contestants. Photo by Digital McK

And if the thought of taking part fills you with fear, you can still go along to watch a unique evening of fantastic talent, lots of laughter and fun. The night is also raising funds for SupportU, the South East’s LGBT health and wellbeing centre, so you’re helping a good cause too.

And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find a glittery leotard and to dust off my confetti cannon…

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