SHOUT Festival - Queer And Now
A whirlwind showcase of short work-in-progress performances from the next generation of queer Midlands theatre-makers.
Join us for a packed evening full of delicious new queer theatrical goodness, where local artists have the chance to test and develop new performance ideas in front of a live audience for the first time. Showcasing the extraordinary skill of LGBTQ+ artists from the West Midlands, expect theatre, stand-up, music, drag, and all manner of performance yet to be imagined!
Boxer Shorts, Airing My Queer Laundry In Public
Albert Smith (He/Him)
Come to see how I choose to air my queer laundry. Explore with me how we use our boxer shorts as sexual fetishising. How we buy it and generally try it. Let's be comfortable about being uncomfortable. You're going to have fun choosing boxer shorts.
Albert is a comedian, live art performer a storyteller, raconteur and a baker. He has performed in Europe, and South Africa. He is known for using the bread baking process to tell autobiographical stories. He is currently exploring men's boxer shorts.
The Woman Who Works In Lidl Fancies Me
Hermione Purvis (She/Her)
An anti-self-deprecation solo performance about a female who fancies females. She compiles a comprehensive list of all the females that she thinks fancy her. This performance showcases the guessing games and agony many queer people face when attracted to people of the same sex. Expect awkwardness, agony, fantasy, delusion and empowerment.
Hermione's creative practice aims to celebrate, exaggerate and meditate on the “mundane-ness” of life, everyday moments and the human condition.
Jasmine Gardosi (She/Her)
Jas is the only female in her advanced Muay Thai kickboxing class. It's her second session, and she's desperate to prove she belongs there… until a transphobic incident sets her mind racing. This piece combines spoken word and martial arts to follow her thought process in the moments after.
Jasmine Gardosi is a multiple slam champion, Birmingham Poet Laureate finalist and workshop facilitator, who takes a guilty pleasure in watching cage fights.
Georgia Kelly (She/Her)
When Lou's girlfriend dumps her she finds herself reaching out to her ex-best-friend, Logan. But they haven't spoken in ten years. A spiteful, witty look at bullying, queer isolation and community, SICK asks is it ever really too little, too late?
Georgia Kelly does things. Lots of things. Most of them in Coventry. Currently theatre things but also sometimes visual art and music things.
Isle Of The Lotus Eaters
This is a work-in-progress that uses drag, confessional poetry and the allegory of Greek myth to explore queer monstrosity and find new ways of storytelling. In this excerpt, Pan, dying god of the wild, gets pissed and goes off on one.
China is a changeling made from wax and dirt.
OUT of the BLUE (Afuera Del Azul)
Sebastian H-W (He/They)
Inspired by Derek Jarman's film 'Blue' and Latinx AIDS artist-activists, OUT of the BLUE (Afuera Del Azul) is an autobiographic queer dreamscape of spoken word and physical theatre, that explores the intimate complexity of Poz visibility, toxicity, mortality, protection, stigma, and healing, around the ongoing marginalized narratives of HIV.
Sebastian H-W (MX:UK) is a Live Artist based in the West Midlands whose work explores memory, identity, technology, participation, and bodies.
Fees and Charges
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