Come As You Are Festival – Theatre Royal Wakefield

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Thurs 27-Sat 29 Sept 2018 at Various

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A festival of trans, non-binary and gender queer theatre.

When did you come out as male? Or female? Camden People’s Theatre and Theatre Royal Wakefield will be taking over the venue with a host of performances and workshops from gender-anarchists with more questions than answers.

It’s not going to be pretty – but it might just be beautiful.

Theatre Royal Wakefield

Milk presents
Written and Directed by Lucy J Skilbeck

Thurs 27 Sept | 9.05pm, Fri 28 Sept | 7.45pm, Sat 29 Sept | 9.05pm

“I am a bull. I am a bull…ish. I live between worlds. Slip between myths with dexterous leaps. Do I scare you? How about now?”

From the makers of smash hit Joan (Off West End, Fringe First and Stage Award winner) Milk Presents bring you Bullish. Bullish pits ancient mythology against modern gender navigation to furiously disrupt, traverse and rewrite the rulebook. Stepping into the ring with a gender fierce ensemble of hopers and renegades, Bullish is a story about packing, passing, and gambling your way out of the labyrinth.

A new mythical play with songs, negotiating ancient and new territories in trans-masculine gender and identity. This show drops a proverbial bull into a china shop and hopes it breaks everything.

★★★★ ‘A radical message in a populist show, wringing new meanings from an ancient myth’ What’s On Stage

Come As You Are Scratch Night

Thurs 27 Sept | 7.45pm | BOOK TICKETS

A night of explosive new work from local trans, non binary and gender queer artists. Our Come As You Are Festival Scratch event will feature three 20 minute work-in-progress performances of new ideas in development. Join us and discover new work, by local artists, interrogating and celebrating gender from cis to trans, from binary to beyond.

Applications to have your piece programmed in the festival scratch night are now open. Click here for more info and here to apply. Deadline to apply 12pm Monday 27 August.

Non-Binary Electro Hour
By Ray Filar

Fri 28 Sept | 9.05pm | BOOK TICKETS

“What are you if you’re not a man or a woman, when the world forces you to be one or the other?

And what does drag even mean if you’re not a king or a queen?

Also…how can I make this into a musical?”

Non-Binary Electro Hour brings together noise about queer life, and desire for queer/trans bodies, with a brief punk history of drag outside the boxes – from queer stars of stage and screen to the gender-bending icons of today. Expect songs, sci fi, strip-tease, and spoken word. This modern-day revue is a messed up take on what it’s like to be in-between categories. Non-Binary Electro Hour sold out its first two runs at Camden Peoples’ Theatre. Now it goes on tour for more celebrations of gender variance and fantasy.

Panel Discussion: Gender, age and acceptance: community and action in Wakefield.

Fri 28 Sept | 5.30pm | Book Tickets
Intergenerational gender variance in our community. How accepting is our society of different sexualities and the queering of gender? Are young people always out and proud? Are older people isolated from the wider LGBTIQ+ community? And are extreme displays of public affection ever appropriate? Come to our panel discussion to discuss this and more. It won’t be pretty, but it might just be beautiful.
Chair: Paul Hawkins – Chairperson of Wakefield Gay Pride 2008-2018, local advocate for the gay community.
Caleb Wray – Stripes Youth Group
Darren Byford – Wakefield Labour Councillor
Mark Tyson – Community Development Worker, Yorkshire Mesmac

I’m Bitter About Glitter & Deuce – DOUBLE BILL

Sat 29 Sept | 7.45pm | Book Tickets

I’m Bitter About Glitter
By Liz Clarke

The piece collides extravagant fantasy and the reality of mother and child making a piece of work together.

I’m Bitter About Glitter is a gentle exploration of identity and how this is presented in terms of gender and choice. Jam packed with wild tales, glamour, grit and sparkles, expect a joy filled adventure with a message of hope for the future.  The piece, created for families to enjoy together – welcomes adult audiences as part of the ‘Come As You Are’ festival.

Devised by Rachael Miles and Tom Marshman.

This work explores the 30th anniversary of the introduction of Section 28, the infamous legislation that banned local authorities from ‘promoting’ homosexuality and had a profoundly damaging effect on the ability to be visible as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) person without fear of, or actual, reprisal. Growing up in the grip of clause 28 Tom and Rachael took their role models where they could find them, from Martina Navratilova, The Fall Guy, Princess Leigh to Cindy and KD Lang.

Deuce explores female masculinities and male femininities using pop cultural references to unpick historical representations of gender non-conformity and reinsert/instate them (and their relevance) into contemporary ‘queer’ discourse.

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