Performer: Sammy Silver

Sammy Silver serves sass, sex and surrealness and is everyone’s favourite bear cub! Sammy has performed all over the UK and internationally including places such as Berlin, Amsterdam, New York and Austin. He is a proud ambassador for London’s popular drag king cabaret, BOi BOX, winner of King of the Fringe 2015 and has been rated a top 25 drag kings by and is now currently performing his award winning solo show Sass, Sex and Surrealness in the Brighton Fringe.

Performance type: Drag King

Preferred pronoun: He/Him

1. What is your artist name?

Sammy Silver

2. How long have you being performing/working?

I am a drag king/hyper king and I do a variety of things including high energy dance routines and lipsyncs, musical comedy and make comedy sketches! I sometimes get political in my acts where I share my experience being a queer trans man and sometimes I do the most ridiculous things which really does not have any kind of message and will just do it because it’s fun.

3. How long have you being performing? 

I have been performing all my life, I started speech and drama classes from a very young age, but have been performing as a drag king for approximately 4 years now.

4. What has been the highlight of your career to date?

BOi BOX FIFTH BIRTHDAY!!! BOi BOX, London’s monthly and incredibly popular drag king cabaret run by Adam All and Apple Derrieres has always been my favourite place to perform and their fifth birthday bash which was back in September 2018 was so so so good! The room was filled with lots of love and positivity – the line up was fire and a real variety of acts, including dancing, burlesque, stand up comedy, political satire, rap, improv – the list could go on…drag kings really are a magical and talented bunch of folk. It was a highlight for me simply because I was working with people I adore and did an act talking about my transness which went down really well and that was an incredibly liberating moment for me.

5. Have you worked/performed for/with anyone famous?

I’ve been privileged enough to work with Sasha Velour, I stage kittened for her show, Nightgowns, back in May 2018. I’ve also worked with Heather Peace a few times; one time at L Fest 2016 and then another at the first ever Diva Festival in December 2018.

6. If you could perform/work with any other lesbian or bisexual musician, who would it be?

Kehlani, she’s an amazing queer music artist! Really talented and I am a big fan of her work! She also is so wise and politically active and I would just love to be in a studio one day with her and make crazy, queer stuff! Also, although this of course is not possible as he is no longer with us, but would have loved to have worked with Freddie Mercury! He is an amazing hyper king indeed and have taken a lot of inspiration from him.

7. What is your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is wearing socks and sandals on my days off, I’m wearing them now as I write this. I keep looking down and I’m like, ‘oh my god, what is this abomination on my feet’ but also I’m so so comfy….I definitely have mixed feelings about it.

8. Tell us one secret about yourself.

I am a human pup. If you don’t know what that is, by all means look it up, but…just be prepared…

9. How and why did you get into this profession?

I studied Acting at University, I have performed all my life, I knew this was something I love. However being a trans masculine queer human, I soon realized that unfortunately there are not many parts out there for people like me in the mainstream theatre world. So…I decided to go a different route into performing and that was through the wonderful world of drag and alternative cabaret. It has been a liberating, crazy but fabulous journey. I do not know what I’d be if I were not a drag king…probably a virgin.

10. When you’re not working what do you like to do to chill out?

When I’m feeling a little more motivated and energetic, I do like to get myself down the gym and weight lift…there’s something about weight lifting that makes me feel so badass and ready to take on whatever life throws at me. However, on less energetic days, I’m all about devouring a pizza that’s twice my size, binging Netflix series, snuggling the cat all whilst wearing my socks and sandals of course.

11. Which other LBQ performers do you recommend?

Ahh there are far too many awesome queer artists to mention! But for now I will keep to six so I do not take up a whole page…Romeo De La Cruz, Jada Love, Adam All, Apple Derrieres, Fancy Chance and Kemah Bob. These guys are not only incredibly talented but also some of the loveliest people I’ve met in the business, book them!

12. What is the best thing about being part of the LBQ community?

I think the best thing about being part of the queer community is the amazing friendships I have made. There are some people who I don’t see as much as I’d like to but whenever we reunite, it’s as if nothing has changed and the bond is still strong. This is a side thought…but I don’t think we celebrate queer friendships as much as we should and throughout my time performing on the queer cabaret scene and being part of the queer community, I know I have made friends for life and when I think about it, I feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

13. How do you think your event fits in with Planet Nation’s community values (Community, Authenticity, Love, Connection)?

Love, community, authenticity and connection – Planet Nation’s values are certainly expressed in my show. Underneath all the crazy dance routines, lipsyncs, videos and songs my solo show Sass, Sex & Surrealness is really all about being your authentic self and loving your authentic self. I think we can all agree that being queer in a very cis and heteronormative world is not easy, so my show literally celebrates the fabulousness of queerness as it’s something mainstream society constantly likes to shame and not celebrate.

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