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Contact: Stories of Division and Unity

Closed 18 Jul 2021

Above The Stag Theatre

A season of new writing curated by Matthew Baldwin and guided by playwright and dramaturg Bill Rosenfield - a collective of theatre-makers have been challenged with creating six shows in under two weeks
Contact: Stories of Division and Unity at Above The Stag Theatre

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Show details

Synopsis


Curated by Matthew Baldwin and guided by acclaimed playwright and dramaturg Bill Rosenfield, a collective of theatre-makers have been challenged with creating six shows in under two weeks and staging them before a ticket-buying audience.


Time pressure and new friendships will create unexpected and exciting results with the possibility of creating work that will later develop into much bigger pieces of theatre.


Exploring stories of division and unity, Contact features work by some of the capital's brightest LGBT+ writers and performers including various Above The Stag Theatre alumni.


Drag king Len Blanco, playwright Tom Ratcliffe (Velvet - 2019), Ashley Byam (Four Play - 2019), Harry Potter And The Cursed Child star James Phoon (Southern Baptist Sissies - 2017) are among those presenting work.


Each performance is followed by an informal Q&A session with the creative team.


Shows:


Deadnamed by Dian Cathal


9 - 13 June


What do you get when you mix a funeral and a queer circus? Lucky for Trans people, we get to find out! Apparently we die when we transition so it seems like the only respectable thing to do is to hold a funeral.


A hilarious journey through identity, language and mayhem!


Insides by Len Blanco and Porscha Present


16 - 20 June


Under the thunder of London's trains, D and Cane quietly fume, as they stretch their strings and get ready - to play their biggest gig yet.


They'd better get their shit together.


Something's rumbling.


Come for the distorted chords, ancient myth and modern gender.


Stay for the story-yelling and all-night bender.


This show will not be written in poetry.


KICK IT!


The Convert by Ben Kavanagh


23 - 27 June


Alix and Marcus are in a facility.


A facility designed to correct them and their condition.


If they successfully complete correction then they may return to their families, their friends, their homes.


To society.


If they do not, then they must go to the other place with the rest of those who have failed conversion.


As is the new order.In a facility where they only have each other though, the greatest threat to their success is their own love.


Directed by Gene David Kirk, Ben Kavanagh's chilling new play explores the resources we need to endure catastrophe through an alternate reality where our greatest fears are endemic and enduring.


The Magic Flute or the stories they tell by Edwina Strobl; performed by Mais Robinson


30 June - 4 July


Good/Bad, Dark/Light, Hero/Heroine: what's in between? Can you see yourself in the stories you grew up with?


Exploring myths, legends, operas and fairytales and what they teach us about ourselves, The Magic Flute or the stories they tell asks how we can rewrite, reclaim and reawaken stories for queer identities and move them beyond the binary.


Wild Wing Doves by Ashley Byam


7 - 11 July


First loves are all the same right? There are patterns and rules to relationships...


For one couple, one night will change all that.


They will laugh and cry in equal measure, unsure where one thing starts and one thing ends..


One thing is sure, they will never be the same.


Fame Whore by Tom Ratcliffe; lyrics by Crayola The Queen


14 - 18 July


Becky Biro wants to be famous.


Becky deserves to be famous.


Becky absolutely should be famous.


Becky needs to be famous.


When drag artist Becky Biro is told they need a larger following to be considered for the internationally revered reality competition 'The Drag Factor', Becky can smell success.


She will do whatever it takes to get there and reap the rewards of her inevitable stardom.


Mark her words, Becky will be famous.


Fame Whore promises to be a fast-paced dark-comedy, filled with irreverence and cabaret songs, that will hold a mirror up to the ugly truth of the widespread desire for relevance and the lengths we may go to get there.


Background information, advisory warnings


Age suitability: Not available


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72 Albert Embankment
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Dates


Previews from:Wednesday 9 June 2021

Closes:Sunday 18 July 2021

Performance days & times


Evening:

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm

Sunday ‑ 7‑30pm


Matinee:
-

Running time: To be confirmed

Tickets


Standard:
£15

Creatives


Director: Curated By Matthew Baldwin

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