Bio

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Photo by Slav Kirichok, The House of Strange Loops, National Theatre Studio

Sam Reynolds is an international award-winning live artist, alternative cabaret performer, host, DJ, and go-go dancer from London, currently based in Manila.

Using humour, pop culture, and popular forms such as contemporary dance, physical comedy, striptease, and the queer performance tradition of lip-syncing, he creates accessible and theatrical social commentary exploring themes such as race, queerness, identity, and vulnerability.

Selected Highlights

2019

  • Sam produced, hosted, and performed in his birthday party show at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club
  • was one of the two resident artists in Artists Home Swap 2019, staying in Taipei for one month where he brought his (T)werkshops back home to Asia and performed across Taiwan
  • made his Parisian show debut at La Mutinerie’s Porn Yourself Festival
  • made his respective hosting debuts at Bar Wotever (The Royal Vauxhall Tavern), Diaspora Disco (The Glove That Fits), and The Karaoke Hole
  • made his club DJ debut at Bar Wotever at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern
  • started go-go dancing for queer techno night MegaLast at Dalston Superstore and returned to Wilderness Festival to go-go dance for The Cause and Adonis
  • partook in Asia-Art-Activism’s AAA Radio’s A Series of Uncomfortable Conversations with Cường Phạm, Annie Jael Kwan, Burong, Finn Love, Nguyễn Phương Trăm, Victoria Sin and Whiskey Chow
  • walked his first vogue ball at Leeds’ first entirely QTIPOC-featured and led House of Flava Ball with Red Bull Music and Our Space Leeds
  • walked his first runway at London Queer Fashion Show at the V&A Museum of Childhood

2018

2017

2016

  • Sam performed in The Miss Behave Gameshow at Underbelly Festival’s London Wonderground Spiegeltent at the Southbank Centre
  • and, making his international show debut, at Australia’s Darwin Festival
  • made his Asian show debut in his maternal homeland of the Philippines, at Pineapple Lab in Makati, Metro Manila
  • made his Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut opening for CHRISTEENE at Dive Queer Party’s C U Next Tuesday Cabaret at Summerhall
  • was the special guest artist performing at the Grand Opening of Carnesky’s CFS Soho
  • was a finalist in The Glory’s LIPSYNC1000
  • closed Our Liberation Tribute Past & Future at Trades Union Congress House

2015

  • Sam won Striptease Artist of the Year at the 21st Sexual Freedom Awards
  • closed the Cabaret Arena on the Saturday night at Latitude Festival closing Duckie’s headline show
  • performed in Duckie’s Twenty First Century Music Hall at The Citadel in St Helens on Duckie’s twentieth anniversary weekend
  • performed alongside David Hoyle in the original run of The Prime of Ms David Hoyle as part of Chelsea Theatre’s SACRED
  • made his stand-up comedy debut at Soho Theatre
  • joined Tammy WhyNot’s WhyNets for the Wellcome Collection’s Institute of Sexology

2014

  • Sam became a Resident Artist at the Roundhouse and founded and ran the venue’s resident cabaret performance art troupe Cushion Collective
  • became a drag family member of Dickie Beau’s House of Strange Loops.

Despite having no formal training or studies in performance, Sam has performed at Goldsmiths, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Queen Mary University of London, Central Saint Martins, University of Westminster, and University College London’s Slade School of Fine Art.

As well as those mentioned, he has worked and performed with various artists and producers, such as Miss Behave, Marisa Carnesky, Lara Clifton, Ursula Martinez, Lois Weaver, Timberlina, David Rosenberg, Fani Parali, Nando Messias, and Joshua Sofaer.

Check out Sam’s further work here, his projects here, and contact him here.