Sam Reynolds is a Filipinx-British-Irish live artist, alternative cabaret performer, host and producer based in London.
Using humour, pop culture, and popular forms such as contemporary dance, physical comedy, striptease, and the queer performance tradition of lip-syncing, he creates accessible and theatrical social commentary exploring themes such as race, queerness, identity, and vulnerability.
Sam won Striptease Artist of the Year at the 21st Sexual Freedom Awards, was Nominated by Mark Whitelaw for the Arts Foundation Fellowship at the 25th Arts Foundation Anniversary Awards, and has performed across the UK with both Duckie and Carnesky.
He closed the Cabaret Arena on the Saturday night at Latitude Festival closing Duckie’s headline show, performed in Duckie’s Twenty First Century Music Hall at The Citadel in St Helens on Duckie’s twentieth anniversary weekend, and was the special guest artist performing at the Grand Opening of Carnesky’s CFS Soho. He made his international show debut in The Miss Behave Gameshow at Darwin Festival in Australia after performing in the show at Underbelly Festival’s Spiegeltent at the Southbank Centre, and he produced the London tour of Nights at the Circus, a theatre collaboration between disabled and non-disabled artists exploring sex, desire and violence, presented by director Fauve Alice and Spare Tyre.
Sam was awarded funding from Arts Council England and the British Council’s Artists’ International Development Fund, and worked with Pineapple Lab in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines, where he became an Artist-in-Residence, performed throughout Fringe Manila 2018, and lead queer performance workshops called the (T)werkshops with local queer artists, culminating in a showcase at Dulo MNL. He then co-produced the first ‘Cabaret’ performance night at weekly queer techno party Elephant at XX XX, which was also his Manila despedida event.
Sam was one of two participating artists alongside Bettina Fung in the 2019 edition of Howl Yuan’s Artists Home Swap, where he brought his (T)werkshops to Taipei, again working with local queer artists, with the showcase at 酸屋 | Acid House. Sam and Bettina then presented work and led workshops at 駁二藝術特區 | Pier-2 Art Center in Koahsiung.
He has worked with Nicholas Tee on Tee’s London-based Asian club night Diaspora Disco, as well as with UK-based Asian cabaret collective The Bitten Peach. While a Resident Artist at the Roundhouse and founding and running Cushion Collective, the venue’s resident cabaret and performance art collective, he formed the Cushion Eurasian Society with sole fellow Eurasian member Jasmine Shigemura Lee.