I'm thrilled to have been selected to be part of British Council GENERATE programme, developing a new network of Producers, Curators and Artistic Directors between the UK and USA.
Together we'll be visiting Fierce, Birmingham in October and Fusebox, Austin, TX, in April 2020.
There's more information about the other selected participants here.
Dan Watson's new show VENUS will be premiering at The Place on Saturday 21st September at 7.30pm.
You can book tickets here.
La JohnJoseph's A Generous Lover will be on a UK tour this September. A Generous Lover is a solo theatre piece about caring for someone who has been sectioned in a mental health ward. It's an autobiographical story, drawing on classic myth and classic Hollywood, that was a critically acclaimed at Edinburgh Fringe 2018.
The tour dates are:
The Marlborough, Brighton
Thursday 5 & Friday 6 September
Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
Thursday 12 September, 7.00pm
Camden People’s Theatre, London
Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 September, 9pm
Tuesday 24 & Wednesday 25 September, 7pm
The Byre Theatre, St Andrews
Saturday 28 September, 7.30pm
The tour coincides with the launch of La JohnJoseph's new book A Generous Lover and Boy in A Dress, a double volume of plays published by Oberon.
Join us on Tuesday 3 September, 7.00pm at Burley Fisher Books, Haggerston, for a glass of wine to celebrate the launch. The event will feature a conversation between La JJ and writer Ben Walters, as well as a short reading from the plays. The event is free but there is limited capacity so please book your ticket here: https://www.outsavvy.com/event/3288/book-launch-la-johnjoseph-a-generous-lover-and-boy-in-a-dress-tickets
Really excited to be heading up to Edinburgh Fringe with Rachael Young as part of her producing team this year! She'll be taking up NIGHTCLUBBING and OUT, performed with Marikiscrycrycry, so if you're up there, come see the shows!
Really pleased to now be producing Malik Nashad Sharpe, aka Marikiscrycrycry!
First we'll be working on new commission He's Dead, part of the New Queers on the Block Programme. More to come soon...
Really pleased to be working with the wonderful Brian Lobel on his brand new show BINGE - showing at Take Me Somewhere and HOME this May.
Both events are free so come along and binge with us 📺
Take Me Somewhere
By Brian Lobel
I couldn’t help but wonder… might my old collection of box sets hold all the answers?
In a world that can feel really scary, come in from the battlefield, hold each other tight, reflect and see things through a fresh set of eyes…
BINGE, a new performance installation curated by Brian Lobel, creates the space to slow down, disconnect from the noise of everyday life, reconnect with the comfort of a duvet and a listening ear. BINGE is a collection of one-to-one and intimate drop-in performances based around your favourite box sets, and exists somewhere between radical self-care and playful self-indulgence. Warmly nostalgic, BINGE collapses the distinction between the high-brow, the low-brow, and the freshly-plucked brow.
Leave your own drama behind, and insert yourself into a world where whatever the drama, it’ll probably be solved in under 30 minutes.
Some wonderful news - Nando Messias has been awarded the second commission from The Library of Performing Rights for his new work, The Pink Supper.
Excerpt of announcement by LADA:
LADA is delighted to announce that the second recipient of the annual Library of Performing Rights commission is Nando Messias who will develop The Pink Supper, a performance project bringing together ambassadors from countries where homosexuality is still criminalised. The Pink Supper responds to a global political climate of renewed religious and political intolerance and violence towards queer people.
The Library of Performing Rights (LPR) was originally created by Lois Weaver and Queen Mary University London in collaboration with LADA in 2016 for Performance Studies international (PSi)12: Performing Rights. Since August 2017 the LPR has been reimagined and reactivated, in collaboration with Lois Weaver, the artist and researcher Elena Marchevska and the Study Room In Exile in Liverpool, as a concept or approach to research and practice rather than a distinct collection and is available as a place of action, a place of knowledge exchange, a repository of experience, and a resource and a context that others can use to support and advance their own work both at LADA and elsewhere.
The Pink Supper is Nando Messias’ latest artistic response to the question: how can artists ethically respond to social injustice issues?
“Having just returned from a visit to my native country, I re-experienced the fear which comes from being in a place where violence and oppression are such common part of daily life.” Despite its international image, Brazil remains the number one country for trans murders—a most shameful indictment indeed.
“I experienced daily abuse myself when living in Brazil. I know well what effects it can have on one’s life. It almost cost me mine. I am lucky to have managed to escape. But what of those who cannot afford to? The Pink Supper is dedicated to them. It is my way of telling them that they are not alone, or forgotten and that I understand their suffering because I have been there too.”
For The Pink Supper, Nando invites 12 ambassadors from countries where homosexuality is criminalised, and with which the United Kingdom maintains diplomatic relationships, to sit around the table for a pink meal. Will they turn up? You are invited too. Performances happen promptly between courses. Wear pink… Wear whatever you like, actually.
Read more on the LADA website here.
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