A residency on board ONCA Barge as part of Brighton Fringe 2021. The History Bois brought together artwork, installation and performance by E.M. Parry, workshops from Leah Kirby AKA Cyro and me, and my first go at a live poetry improvisation piece entitled A Lucky Resurrection. This piece used tarot cards prompts to generate poetic texts exploring moments from the lives of Mary Frith and Charlotte Charke, written directly onto the windows of ONCA Barge. See my Instagram account to read them all.
May 3-7 at The Spire, St Marks Chapel, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5JN
Created with drag king and artist E.M. Parry, this week-long take-over of the Spire is an exploration of masculinity through the ages, combining exhibition, live art, workshops and a two-night drag king cabaret.
May 6 & 7, 7:30-11pm
The Bois are back in time! Come and play with the space-time-gender continuum at this epic Drag King cabaret. As part of the History Bois Drag King take-over of The Spire, we bring you Adventures in Drag King Time-Travel: two nights of delicious historically-themed cabaret performed by a succession of legendary kings time-travelling direct to Brighton Fringe 2020, bringing you a queer crash-course in masculinity as performed through the ages. Whether you like your manhood ruff-and-ready, Boi-Georgian, sweet-as-funk 70s style or post-apocalyptic robo-camp, the Bois have one hell of a history lesson lined up for you…
May 4 & 5, afternoon / evening workshops
Part of the History Bois Drag King take-over of The Spire, these workshops run by Drag King and artist SL Grange are for folks wanting to connect with their queer tr/ancestors. Using writing, drawing and performative processes, we’ll create our own rituals and art to uncover and honour lost queer hero/ines. If you already have a historical figure in mind that you want to work with, please bring any research along. Otherwise, there’ll be a range of folks to explore at the workshop. Basic art materials provided, or bring your own if you already have a creative practice you’d like to incorporate.
May 3-7, 10-5
An exhibition of visual and live artwork by E.M. Parry, as part of The History Bois drag king takeover, using costume, scenography and performance to stage dialogues with past and future, tracking queer and trans embodiments in the negative spaces of the historical archive.
Created and directed by Angela Clerkin (Clerkinworks) and supported by Improbable, and now Shakespeare’s Globe, Through the Door is a series of improvisation workshops for women & non-binary folk, exploring impro in theatre, comedy, storytelling, devising, making and writing. We will experiment with being heroes and villains – putting our own stories centre stage. Oh, and practice being confident and generous as we fuck up. Now is the time to find out what happens when we step through the door…
More details over at Improbable.
Watch this space for some very exciting performance news!
After last year’s amazing project working with community choir groups and refugees, I was back on the Together Productions team for a second go. This time we wrote one new song – with 150 people! The resulting piece is called Sembo! and is a journey from isolation and fear, through to a united call for justice. I facilitated one big workshop using Open Space Technology, where we gathered themes, fragments of text & music and some key images. This was followed up by a smaller writing workshop where we focussed on the two main themes that had emerged and created more written material, which I took away and curated into the final libretto.
Bringing together the Mixed Up Chorus, Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, Freedom From Torture, Woven Gold, Stile Antico, students from Guildhall School and spoken word artist Zena Edwards, with Phelim McDermott as director and Mike Roberts as composer, we cooked up quite a storm. The gala performance took place on July 1 at Milton Court, in front of a few hundred enthusiastic folk, and raised money for Freedom From Torture and Woven Gold.
I’ve been working with interfaith dialogue organisation 3FF and their resident choir – the Mixed Up Chorus – to create a new song cycle. Alongside composer Mike Roberts, we ran a series of workshops with the choir members, immigrant parents from the local primary school, and members of Freedom From Tortures choir. We explored the groups experiences of migration and refuge, and collaboratively developed words and music resulting in 3 new songs.
The Mixed Up Chorus performed the pieces in July 2017. BBC Radio 4 were there to record the songs and talk to some of the participants. You can hear the article here, with one of our song-cycle pieces – Prayer For Tomorrow – in the background:
A mark-making workshop for up to 25 participants. Working with graphite, our bodies and our impulses to quieten our inner critics and make uninhibited marks freed from the constraints of the page. We work in physical conversation with each other; listening, dreaming and improvising together to help something new emerge. An artwork, a story, a joyful mess.