One of London’s longest running and most innovative fetish clubs, The Adventures of Gwendoline, returns at the end of January for a brief run of three events.
The adventures of Gwendoline sprung from the original House of the Switchblade Sisters created by Dave Edmond (aka Master Darcy) in New York in the early 1990s.
In 1995 he brought the concept to London, where it became a loose association of like-minded kinky creatives. In its first 18-months as a club, it built a reputation as an avant-garde playground of debauchery and fast achieved cult status.
The Adventures of Gwendoline started out as a spin-off event in 1998 and became established as the brand under which the Sisters staged their more hardcore fetish events.
The 2009 incarnation of Gwendoline opens at the F Club, a private and secluded venue in Wandsworth SW18, on January 31. It runs from 10pm to 6am.
Warm, dry and all on one level, the venue has everything needed for a typical Gwendoline party, says Edmond. There’s even secure parking for over 100 vehicles.
For January 31’s adventure, the club will be offering many attractions including a fully monitored, well-equipped playroom located in the venue’s permanent dungeon space.
In line with Gwendoline’s reputation for screening rare fetish, bondage, B-movie, modern primitive and cult collectable movies, the club’s Cinema Room will offer eight hours of the club’s best footage.
Rarities to look out for include the Vivienne Westwood Sex documentary, tv reportage of the fetish scene from the 1980s and ’90s, the never released Fakir Musafar documentary, Japanese fetish and bondage shorts, John Waters and Richard Kern footage, The Avengers’ banned hellfire episode, G G Allin and more.
Elsewhere, the Bettie Page Room will be an ambient lounge with 1950s and eclectic soundtrack and movie visuals of Bettie Page, 1950s bondage, Trash B-movie trailers and pin-up era film loops.
Mistress Kazuayo, Bruce Esinem and other bondage luminaries will provide shows in the Bondage Zone, a bondage play area where supervision and assistance is available for those who need it.
Finally, a separate play room/dark room offers soft, clean beds and plenty of places to spread out, while for the more active, the dance floor will feature sound mixes and mash ups “at a reasonable, non-intrusive volume” from original Gwendoline DJ Panic and guest DJs.
For this event the F club will have a fully licensed, fully stocked bar. Admission is £22.50 but with a £5 discount per person if you arrive with a print-out of the flyer on the Gwendoline website (link below).
The full venue address is available only to members, but membership is free from email@example.com.
STOP PRESS: Switchblade Sisters have made a hilariously tongue-in-cheek promo video for Saturday’s event, starring London scene stalwarts Sammm and db. See it on YouTube via the link below!