Come As You Are Festival – Derby

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Fri 12-Sun 14 Oct 2018 at Various Times

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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.

Derby Theatre

Milk presents
Written and Directed by Lucy J Skilbeck

Fri 12 Oct | 9.05m, Sat 13 Oct | 8.15pm, Sun 14 Oct | 7.30pm

“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

Lucy Hutson

Fri 12 Oct | 8.15pm | BOOK TICKETS

This is a show about the slippery nature of identities the ones you give yourself, the ones forced onto you and the ones that were once strong and now you are just clinging on to. More specifically it’s a show about breasts, gender and using urinals. But mostly it is about baring all.

Come As You Are Panel Discussion

Sat 13 Oct | 2pm | BOOK TICKETS


What if the world told you that you do not exist? For many gender non-conforming individuals this is their reality. How does that relate to the world of performance?  Featuring a selection of panelists who identify as LGBTQ+, ‘Beyond The Binary’ discusses the navigation of the performing arts world for queer performers, and the obstacles they face in their fight for visibility.

Liam-James Littlejohn is a writer and theatre maker with a BA in Theatre Arts. Liam believes in making theatre accessible and creates theatre that accomodates queer bodies and voices.
Lucy Jane Parkinson or LoUis CYfer is a British actor and drag king with an MA in contemporary performance making. One of the cast of four in Milk Presents’ production Bullish. 

Alex is a transmasculine non-binary actor. Alex uses he/him primarily, but believes gender is a spectrum and occasionally identifies more with non-binary than transgender.

He is interested in portraying specifically trans or non-binary people on stage and film and pushing for acceptance of more diverse bodies on stage.

Come As You Are Scratch Night

Sat 13 Oct | 6pm | 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.

Too Pretty To Punch
Edalia Day

Sun 14 Oct | 5pm | BOOK TICKETS

What if you woke up one morning as the opposite gender? What if that was the day you were born and you had to wait 25 years before anyone believed you?

Part spoken word/part digital comedy cabaret, join multi award nominated Edalia/Edward Day in this kickass celebration of transgender visibility and self-acceptance.

A ukulele in one hand and a mouthful of broken words, Too Pretty To Punch grapples with what it means to be human when you don’t fit in any of the boxes.

Mind bending poetry, music, song, sadness, joy, marvelous animation, beautiful legs and a brain that runs a hundred miles an hour.” – Audience member


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