Sat, 02 Apr


The Hive

No Ordinary Evening

Music, fizz, atmosphere, good company and a cracking film - join us for No Ordinary Evening - it's something a bit special.

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No Ordinary Evening

Time & Location

02 Apr, 19:00 – 22:00

The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE, UK

About the Event

7.00pm - Singer Zoe Hanna May sets the scene for the evening - grab your complementary glass of fizz, find your seat and make yourself comfortable.

Originally from Shropshire, Zoe trained at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire before heading to the big smoke to begin her professional singing career. During the 2017 season of The Voice UK, she shot into the spotlight when she impressed the coaches and secured a place on Team Tom - where you might have caught this gem One Day I'll Fly Away! Zoe is very excited to come along to The Hive and perform as part of the Shrewsbury LGBT+ History Festival.

7.30pm No Ordinary Man (1hr 23 mins) 

In 2021, Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival screened the film "No Ordinary Man". The audience was small and the feedback was huge with the clear message to show it again. Now is your chance - don't let it slip by - whoever you are!

No Ordinary Man is an in-depth look at the life of musician and trans culture icon Billy Tipton. Complicated, beautiful and historically unrivaled, this groundbreaking film shows what is possible when a community collaborates to honour the legacy of an unlikely hero.

Last time, our Shropshire audience said:

"More people need to see this!"

"Informative film that educated me about the trans community in a positive way"

"I knew nothing about Billy Tipton so it was great to hear his story and try to understand the sacrifice he made to stay true to his gender identity and practice his art. Also, I knew nothing about transgender so it was good to hear about transmen explaining about themselves, feelings"

"Fantastic moving and important film"

For decades, the life of American Jazz musician Billy Tipton was framed as the story of an ambitious woman passing as a man in pursuit of a music career. In No Ordinary Man, Billy’s story is re-imagined and performed by trans artists as they collectively paint a portrait of an unlikely hero. Together, the filmmakers join Billy’s son - Billy Jr. - to reckon with a complicated and contested legacy: how do you tell the story of someone who was hiding in plain sight yet desperate to be seen?

9.00pm - Discussion - led by Helen Sandler: programmer and compere at Aberration, who previously ran the York Lesbian Arts Festival, compered at London’s Bar Wotever and worked for Diva magazine, as well as being a writer of fiction and poetry.

9.30pm - Singer Zoe Hanna May rounds off our evening with some soft sounds that Billy Tipton may well have liked.





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