Since those humble underground beginnings the Dive family has grown into an ever burgeoning collective of artists, performers, makers and doers blending together to create our unique flavour of parties, cabarets and happenings.
Dive Queer Party was created by Agent Cooper and Miss Annabel Sings, two queerdos who felt compelled to create a space to share, explore and show off their collective creativity, joy and madness in a safe, fun and inclusive environment.
Dive promotes a world where – through the power of positive expression – you can be whoever you want to be, however you want be, wherever you want to be.
Our immersive and decadent parties have secured Dive a reputation as the “queer scene’s finest show-folk and entertainers” (The Skinny). We were nominated for the Diversity Award in the inaugural Equality Network Awards and celebrated for “creating a new world order” (Four Letter Word).
From a warehouse party in Glasgow’s iconic Glue Factory to the daytime debut of The Miss Annabel Sings Show in the sumptuous surroundings of Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, our famously diverse and eclectic programme of events secured us a spot at number 24 in Scotland’s annual movers-and-shakers list “The List Hot 100” in 2016-17.
Often expertly hosted by Queen of queer cabaret Miss Annabel Sings, we’ve been commissioned by organisations such as LEAP Sports Scotland, LGBT History Month and Traverse Theatre to sprinkle our magical fairy dust over launch parties and events.
In 2015 we teamed up with Luminate: Scotland’s Creative Ageing Organisation to present a special intergenerational cabaret for “All Ages & Persuasions”, working alongside community networks & support groups such as LGBT Age. In 2016 we joined up with Luminate again to launch a creative development project with a group of emerging performers over the age of 50. The new collective performed to sold out theatres in Edinburgh (Traverse Theatre) and Glasgow (Tron Theatre) and was featured on BBC Radio Scotland.
Dive is a firm fixture of Edinburgh’s annual August Fringe festival, presenting parties, cabarets and theatrical shows across the city in a variety of spaces and settings (Edinburgh International Book Festival, Summerhall, Traverse Theatre), packing out venues and impressing reviewers (see below).
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“This eclectic underground queer party succeeded in ‘blowing a bit of glitter up the arse of the cabaret scene’ during the Edinburgh Festival with smash hit, C U Next Tuesday. This was also the year that Dive earned a nomination in the Equality Network’s LGBTI awards…The List”
“This show is wondrously delightful ****”
“A tale of two Annabels…how Dive are creating a new world order”
“The two Annabels from Edinburgh’s LGBT powerhouse explain their festival plans – ‘We’re trying to blow a bit of glitter up the arse of the cabaret scene.’”