“I didn’t come here to dance, I came here to make a statement”
Herr – sometime in 2016
Director and Part Owner of Her Upstairs – Madame of the House
With a look reminiscent of a clown on acid going to the met gala. Meth has earned an infamous reputation around the world for her bizarre and beautiful spin on drag. Having performed across Europe (Berlin, Helsinki, Stockholm, Zagreb) and America (New York, Philadelphia, Austin, LA) and calling London her home Meth has stormed the international drag and cabaret scene in a relentless revolutionary charge of strange and seductive extravagance. A master of lip synch performance, a host and compere with scathing wit and the co-producer of the internationally acclaimed Drag show, The Meth Lab. Meth has shared the stage with drag royalty such as Bianca Del Rio, Alaska 5000, Sharon Needles and Michelle Visage, and appeared on World of Wonders YouTube network with James St James and Hey Qween! TV. A member of the queer performance collective The Family Fierce and a star of the London Live’s Docu-Soap series Drag Queens of London, Meth is turning out an epidemic of addicts who are screaming for more and more and more… Remember kids: Drugs are bad… Don’t do drugs, do Meth “effortlessly impeccable… a master of her craft” – Gay Times “if you’ve never experienced Meth… you haven’t lived” – SoSoGay “a gender-bending mindfuck” – ThisIsCabaret.comJoe Parslow
Director and Part Owner of Her Upstairs – better known as #boyfriendjoe
Joe Parslow is a PhD Candidate at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and a lecturer teaching across the fields of drama, theatre and performance at undergraduate and postgraduate. His research focuses on drag performance, and the potential ways in which queer communities can and do emerge in contemporary London, particularly around performance. He is also known as #BoyfriendJoe and has spent many years as drag queens’ boyfriend, assistant, and general dogsbody, picking up their smalls and sweeping up their mess on stage. In many ways, he is everyone’s #BoyfriendJoe.
Director and Part Owner of Her Upstairs – Alcohol enthusiast!
A mystery wrapped in an enigma, soaked in gin, with an appalling attitude and vile tongue. Having worked in the Queer Scene and industry for seven years, and drinking heavily for many more, our George was a natural choice to finish off the “board of directors” and manage the bar. His management CV includes venues such as Madame JoJos, Escape, Dalston Superstore, The Black Cap and The Bloc as well as working on events such as Love Box, Hackney Weekender and Pride. In a past life George was a King’s College Graduate with first class honours in Law as well as an internationally acclaimed make up artist shooting for Vogue and stuff like that, but he gave all that up to live a debauched alcohol-fuelled lifestyle and basically muck around with Drag Queens! Now in residence as Her Upstairs’ manager and bitch, we give you “grandpa goth”.
Security – Momma!
Vickie Shirley is our door person extraordinaire, with years of experience working as a security for various London venues. She is welcoming and helpful, yet diligent and serious about her job. She is the first face you see before you enter, and the last face you see before you’re thrown out! Fans of the Meth Lab will remember her dearly, fans of being rude to our performers or staff will remember her with fear. She is our protector and our momma – and we doubt she expected the amount of children she had to increase so much!
The tits of the operation!
Leean, is an icon with in herself, but add those breasts on top and you have the stuff of legends. Formerly of the Nelson’s Head and basically one of the biggest fag hags ever, every gay that matters knows her! Right from the start Leean has been our very own Mary Poppins looking after us and in her own special way looking after all of you. Service with a snarl if your lucky!
Graphics designer – lesser known as Rosie Beaver
Chris makes pretty things for us….he lives on a boat, He’s on twitter @chrisdclegg, and co founded 176flamingolane.com. He also helped decoupage and occasionally helps to play some funky music… Sometimes he also helps us to deplete our bourbon stock levels.
Door Whore – Resident weirdo!
Aesthetic stealer, Look maker, Emotion feeler, Poop shaker. You can find Herr on the door most weekends, and on stage every now and again. She is by no means the namesake of the venue, whatever she might say, it was merely a coincidence. SO PLEASE STOP SENDING LETTERS
Foster child – Better known as “Friend”
Frances recently sky rocketed to fame as the more relatable half of the duo that is Herr&Frances, and now works behind the bar at Her Upstairs, making drinks, washing glasses and ensuring there is always laughter. She is #BoyfriendJoe’s drag boyfriend child (she picks up the knickers and sweeps up the mess now as well). Better known as “friend” to the masses but to us she is just “our Frances”
Penguin – Mascot – Icon – Art – Coat Stand
… not a toy WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO...
Daniel Willis who without there may still be no bar, or floors, let alone everything else he helped us do, our buff aussie hero,
Wayne Shires our beloved neighbour, friend and favourite bear ever,
Pat and Ian Shirley for teaching us lots,
Charli Shirley for calming us down when it came to the glitter, finding Brian and being fabulous,
Giovanni for the smile,
Marco Ciaccia, Mattie Griffiths, Brittle, Ruby Wednesday, Lilly SnatchDragon, Bourgeoisie, Beth Necessity, Charlie Smoke, Robert Houston, Dr J, Mynxie Monroe, Aimee Rose, Kai Kai, Jenna, Theo, Maxim Melton, Eric Rose, Eric Anllo Muniz, EDNA! and everyone else who helped us make our little queer dream a reality.
oh and ABBA for the music and the motivation.