Last Sunday, the Black Cap’s owners tried to wash away decades of gay history overnight. Despite the Camden pub being declared an Asset Community of Value by the local authorities only days previously, Faucet Inn shuttered the Camden pub with very little in the way of notice.
A protest was organised soon after by Spike Rhodes, producer of the celebrated drag theatre company The Drama Queens. Flying under the title of We Are The Black Cap (hashtag #WeAreTheBlackCap), it drew out over a hundred people from across the LGBT and cabaret community.
Titti La Camp wielded the microphone and held sway as a number of parties gave speeches. Jane Clendon from the Joiners Lives On campaign and Ben Walters on behalf of the RVT Future project spoke about their respective projects. Meth and Joe Parslow, co-producers of the popular Cap show The Meth Lab, were there as were a number of the Cap’s last panto crew the Familyyy Fierce including Lilly Snapdragon, Ruby Wednesday, Scarlett O’Hora and Lolo Brow. Virgin Xtravaganzah whose show was the last staged at the venue held aloft a defiant banner stating “God Bless The Black Cap”. DJ Slim Chance, dark burlesquer Mynxie Monroe and veteran drag artiste Mrs Moore were all there too.
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