Performance Evenings

 
  • Date
  • 20/11/08
  • 21/11/08
  • 22/11/08
  • 23/11/08
  • Time
  • 7:30 - 9 PM
  • 7:30 - 9 PM
  • 7:30 - 9 PM
  • 7:30 - 9:30 PM
  • Booking info
  • Box Office: 020 7613 7498
  • Box Office: 020 7613 7498
  • Box Office: 020 7269 1606
  • Box Office: 020 7269 1606

Performances @ Rich Mix

Thur. 20 Nov - 7.30 PM (approx 1 hr 30 mins without interval)
Box Office: 020 7613 7498
£ 12 / £10 (concs)
G-A-Y In The Subject Field
Performer: Roger N. Taber
Duration: 10 mins

Performance Synopsis:
The performance comprises of a selection of poems from Roger Tabers collections. All of his major collections have a gay section, from which the selection of poems will be performed.

About the performer:
Roger N. Taber was born in Kent (UK) in December 1945 and graduated from the University of Kent in Canterbury (1973). All four titles in his successful Love And Human Remains poetry quartet have reviews on the web (under R. N. Taber). A fifth collection - Accomplices To Illusion - was published in May 2007. A gay man, he prefers to include gay-interest poetry among poems on a variety of themes rather than publish them separately; all his collections have a gay section.
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'Gay inna da Ghetto'
Performer: Craig Jenkins
Duration: 10 mins

Performance Synopsis:
‘Gay Inna Da Ghetto’ is a high energy, cutting edge performance about growing up gay in Lewisham, South East London. The piece embraces both camp culture and urban London street culture within real life stories that everyone can relate to. Told by one storyteller against a backdrop of dancehall/grime music, street slang and humour, the piece explores our perceptions of race and sexuality and addresses stereotypes, such as 'camp', 'rudeboy' and ‘wigga’

About the performer:
Craig Jenkins, graduated from the University of Kent in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Film studies. Craig has continued to devise original work and craft a unique style, which mixes the traditional and the contemporary, the old with the new. Craig has worked for a number of high profile companies and organisations (the BBC, Barbican Centre, Turner Contemporary Art Gallery, Noble Sage Art Gallery) as well as part of performance festivals - Ustavam, London Mela, Somerset House Free Time, etc.
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The Only One
Performer: Pietro La Hara
Duration: 12 mins

Performance Synopsis:
Reminder of 1930's Electronic Cabaret with an intro by the two musicians followed by vocal sounds that works as an emotional landscape. The multimedia performance explores the ‘existential crisis’ of being gay as a dialogue between the opposite sides in artists’ own consciousness, offering a place without a definite answer, but provides a space for introspection.

About the performer:
A song writer, singer, performer and electronic music producer, Pietro has performed in Italy, London & San Francisco. He is also currently working on the production of his album.
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Richard Goodson (aka Dirtyfilthypoet)
Performer: Richard Goodson (aka Dirtyfilthypoet)
Duration: 10 mins

Performance Synopsis:
Richard Goodson shares some of his 'visceral, erotic and surreal' poems from the forthcoming poetry collection suitably titled as '69'. The poems performed focus on themes about gender, sexuality and what it means to be male - serious or frivolous...

About the performer:
Nottingham born Richard Goodson studied English at Oxford and for the last 10 years has gone on to teach English to asylum-seekers in an inner city FE College. Richard is now doing one of the first practice-based PhDs in poetry in the country. Provisionally it is called 'The Word Queers The Flesh, The Flesh Queers The Word - Towards A Poetics Of The Male Body'. Richard’s first collection '69' will be the end result of this project. His work has been published in national magazines such as ‘Chroma’ and ‘The Interpreter's House’ among others.
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TERROR OF LIVING
Performer: Jiva Parthipan
Duration: 22 mins

Performance Synopsis:
On the I5th January 2007 the British press reported another attempt to foil a terrorist threat. This involved a group trying to make a chapati (Indian bread) flour. The Great British love affair with Indian food had taken a whole new meaning this time around. By rearranging material from found media (newspapers, websites) with personal encounters with terror(ism) and anti terror(ism), Jiva Parthipan explores the terror of living. The piece was co-commissioned by the Birmingham Rep and Collide with additional assistance for the Arts Council.

About the performer:
Jiva Parthipan is a trans-disciplinary artist and performer whose work is often concerned with the manner in which power is negotiated in the interpersonal, social, geopolitical and sexual spheres. His work has been seen at The Tate Modern, ICA "Institute of Contemporary Arts, Arnolfini, Fierce Festival, National Review of Live arts and Saddlers Wells to include a few. International performances include The Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Jiva has MA in Performance (Distinction) from Goldsmiths College and was funded by Arts and humanities research scholarship.
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Performances @ Rich Mix

Fri. 21 Nov - 7.30 PM (approx 1 hr 30 mins without interval)
Box Office: 020 7613 7498
£ 12 / £10 (concs)

Three Zero
Performer: Marcus Reeves
Duration: 15 mins

Performance Synopsis:
'three zero' is a solo piece weaving together songs, poetry and video, in a montage of material from the last ten years of Marcus Reeves writing and performance career. The show is an intimate portrait of an artists relationship with his work, charting the highs and lows of life in the business and the fear and celebration associated with turning thirty.

About the performer:
Marcus Reeves studied at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design before moving into music and theatre. As a singer-songwriter and cabaret artist, he has performed across London at venues including: The Troubadour, The Drill Hall, BAC, Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, Turnmills, Soho Revue Bar and Bistrotheque, where he performed alongside Ryan Styles (Time Out critics choice) and won their infamous Tranny Talent contest in 2007.
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Obsessia Compulsia D'sorda
Performer: Claire Benjamin
Duration: 10 mins

Performance Synopsis:
Under the skin of her alter ego Obsessia Compulsia D'sorda, based on personal experience, Claire strips using post-it notes asking the audience for re-assurance and sings songs about her strange word. Alice in wonderland meets Grace Jones via Pink Floyd. An obsessional burlesque. With Rosa Conrad on Accordion.

About the performer:
Claire Benjamin is an incredibly talented singer-comedian-burlesque artist based in London. Over the past three years she has performed her curious cornucopia of quirky, comical characters at some of the UK's best venues. Characters such as Noel Cowards enthusiast (Young Men's Christian Association) , Obsession Compulsion Disorder, Lady Mayor, Honor Matopoeia and Scarlet Billows, Claire Benjamin offers a fresh new dimension to the world of comic performance art.
GFest 07 artist
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Prelude to the Nocturne
Performer: Denis Fernando
Duration: 10 mins

Performance Synopsis:
A deliciously dark re-writing of the idea of blackness, it is an abstract and otherworldly piece that takes escapism and roots it in lifelong held political beliefs. Starting in the sunlight and ends in the twilight, the work conjures images of big cities like London whilst simultaneously presenting a vision of natural nocturnal landscapes.

About the performer:
Denis Fernando, who has composed, arranged and performed music in the past runs a band Red Cable named after the battle for Cable Street in the 1930s East London. Denis graduated at Goldsmiths College in London, was the National Black Students Officer on the executive of the National Union of Students, and now also works as an anti-racist activist.
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Lay Down and Love Me Again
Performer: James Howell
Duration: 20 mins

Performance Synopsis:
This solo show features a man who longs to perform a solo show but is still in his bedroom, pyjama-clad. Performing anyway, for an imaginary audience, he plays monologues about his mother, therapist, comatose father, eulogizing preacher and a professor he had an affair with. While mocking solo shows, the culture of confession and the hypocritical sentimentality of the middle classes, the only constant is absurdity.

About the performer:
James completed BA (English Literature) at University of King's College, Halifax, Canada. He then further took a Diploma (Theatre) at Ecole Philippe Gaulier (Paris) as well as RADA's summer Shakespeare course and workshops with various actors from Complicitie, Peter Brook's company and Ecole Jacques Lecoq. James has lived and worked in Osaka, Prague, Seoul, Kuwait City, Kyoto and Montreal. He is based in Toronto.
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Spank(Extract)
Performer: Caroline Smith
Duration: 15 mins

Performance Synopsis:
Spank is a subtle exploration of emotional power play between women, wielded through corporal self-punishment and reward. It is a performance of memory, an exploration of queer narrative and space; materializing the dynamics for all to see and hear, leaving us to recall our own stories differently.

About the performer:
Caroline has performed at the National Review of Live Art 2008, Tramway, Glasgow; this year's Whitstable Biennale Satellite; as well as at last year's International Symposium on Intimacy (Goldsmiths) and 'Bad Grrls, Gadgets & Guerrilla Tactics' at Leeds University with the Guerilla Girls. She currently lectures on Performance Writing at the University of Greenwich.
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Performances @ Cochrane Theatre


Sat. 22 Nov - 7.30 PM (approx 2 hr with interval)
Box Office: 020 7269 1606
£ 12 / £8 (concs)

iNiT's City Cabaret
Performer: Guy Harries
Duration: 20 mins

Performance Synopsis:
iNiT’s City Cabaret combines cabaret, electronica, rock and Middle Eastern influences. The lyrics combine burlesque, urban angst and lurv. The frontman switches identity like a true chameleon. It's flirty, cheeky and very very queer. iNiT is more than an electro-rock band. A bit camp, a bit butch, a bit of a tease, some sleaze, but mostly - stories with a grain of truth.

About the performer:
London-based band iNiT, formed in 2006, plays a mix of electro, rock, Middle Eastern music and cabaret influences. Guy Harries - vocals, electronics, flute M - electronics, guitar, percussion Matt Chilton – bass. Past performances include Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, Ginglik, The Spice of Life, The Half Moon, Undersolo - Camden, The Slaughtered Lamb, Storm, Ryan's Bar, Bull & Gate, The Wilmington Arms and many others.
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Finding my Inner Cowboy
Performer: Tom Marshman
Duration: 20 mins

Performance Synopsis:
From riding a bucking bronco, learning to lasso, line dancing to sliding whisky tumblers down bars, the piece reflects Tom’s experiences of living as a cowboy in May 2007. The piece is a mix of visual images and text derived from real life incidences to more poetic narratives. Tom’s struggle with traditional assumptions of masculinity through explorations of finding numerous cowboy personas, in turn questions ideas of sexuality and gender and looks at breaking some rules of performance.

About the performer:
Tom has been creating work since 1988 and explores what is often taken for granted. Through process he carries out investigations into the fantastical or magical, placing them where you least expect it - mixing minimalism with charity shop kitsch. Tom often works site-specifically. More recently Tom created the trilogy of work Every bodies Companion to Life and Love as well as collaborating with Film Maker Anna Lucas moving image works shown at TactileBOSHE Cardiff and Arnolfini Bristol.
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David Meech (stand up)
Performer: David Meech
Duration: 15 mins

Performance Synopsis:
In this stand up comedy piece, David discusses growing up gay in the Wild, Wild Westcountry and gives his inimitable take on life! Central to the piece are thoughts on politicans, celebrities and much more - Camp, filthy and full of west country charm!

About the performer:
David Meech burst onto the stand up comedy circuit in 2005. Born and raised in the Deep South West of England, he fled to the city as soon as he learnt to drive a tractor! These days you can find him yapping on at unsuspecting audiences across London and the UK about everything from country living to the state of the world we live in!
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Rosie Wilby (stand up)
Performer: Rosie Wilby
Duration: 20 mins

Performance Synopsis:
Coming out stories, internet dating, family, career, and maybe even some games... Rosie Wilby - Lesbian stand up comedian presents some highlights from her two Edinburgh Fringe solo shows - the autobiographical Olympic Swingball Champion 2012 and spoof memory lecture I Am Nesia.

About the performer:
In 2004, musician Rosie Wilby turned to stand up comedy after encouragement from fans who enjoyed her between-song banter almost as much as the songs themselves. Immediate success in the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny competition kick started a whole new career strand. Appearances in the finals of Funny Women 2006, Funny Bones 2006 and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2007 followed. An autobiographical full length show Olympic Swingball Champion 2012 enjoyed well-attended runs at Edinburgh Fringe 2006 and Brighton Fringe 2007. Most recently, she was Radio 5 Live's comedy tennis correspondent at Wimbledon.
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Performances @ Cochrane Theatre

This GFest 08 Performance Evening is supported by Stonewall

Sun. 23 Nov - 7.30 PM (approx 2 hr with interval)
Box Office: 020 7269 1606

£ 12 / £8 (concs)

One Empty Bottle
Performer: Dusty Limits
Duration: 20 mins

Performance Synopsis:
Four original cabaret songs by Dusty Limits and Michael Roulston, explore aspects of obsession; self-harm, drug dependency, sexual longing, insomnia. Two performers - one accomplished singer, one noted pianist/backing singer.

About the performer:
Dusty Limits, also occasionally known as Dorian Black, is a cabaret singer, comedian and drunken raconteur. Described by cabaret legend Steve Ross as a superior, singular artist, he is one of the leading figures on the new cabaret scene. He has graced numerous stages from New York to Dublin, Brisbane to Edinburgh, singing everything from Cole Porter to Portishead, from satire to chansons, often with the words changed. With his three-octave vocal range and often quirky song choices, he has surprised and delighted cabaret audiences in venues nationally & internationally. He was the 2007 winner of the Ministry of Burlesque Awards for both Best Male Singer and Best Male Performer.
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Gay, Bodied and Sold
Performer: Tonny A.
Duration: 10 mins

Performance Synopsis:
Gay, Bodied and Sold is a short solo performance piece that combines spoken words with burlesque and theatre. As one of The Fallen Raconteur's acts, this performance depicts the inner struggle that a disabled gay man has to cope with guys' perception of his physicality and, as a direct consequence, how fully he embraces his sexuality to reconcile himself with his body.

About the performer:
A performance maker, writer and curator, Tonny A. works to challenge the various social and moral perceptions of identity, physicality and aesthetic. In early 2004, Tonny created Sweet & Sour, a Cinematic Cabaret produced on a monthly basis at 291 Gallery; fusing different art forms; spoken words, music, dance, theatre, visuals arts and cuisine. Since 2006, Tonny has been focusing on directing including: Au Creux du D’sir, In the Shadows of Senghor (2006, 2007) and River (2007). Tonny has developed his solo Burlesque Poetry act “The Fallen Raconteur” which was presented at the Male Tournament of Tease, Kabarett and Dys(the)lexi festival, among others.
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Ed Venture's Quintessentially English Tea Party
Performer: Lindsey Price
Duration: 25 mins

Performance Synopsis:
Quintessentially English Tea Party is a highly original piece of interactive theatre where the audience find themselves as Ed's guests. They are invited to share with him a cup of tea, a fondant fancy, and tales of love, loss and why he can never be his father's son. The piece is developed from Lindsey's own accidental passing as male and her subsequent desire to explore her masculine side through drag, and the blurings between female masculinity and male femininity

About the performer:
Lindsey Price is a live artist, performer and writer. She has toured original work to the Budva Teatr Grad Festival, the National Review of Live Art, Emergency and Queer Up North. Francesca Millican-Slater is a live artist, performer and writer. Both artists are currently postgraduates in the school of arts at Brunel University. They performed I Told It To A Mannequin at this year's Fierce Festival; and more recently Marisa Carnesky's Magic War at Latitude.
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let's be... not
Performer: Stav B
Duration: 7 mins

Performance Synopsis:
let's be... not is a performance on the misunderstanding of love and friendship, obsession and compromise, longing and yearning, beauty and anger; realisations, which lead, of course, to understanding and friendship! the performances are the extensions of the photographs. The non- identified subject acquires an identity in this interactive piece.

About the performer:
Stav B is a London based gay artist working on performances as an extension to his visual work. The performances are conceived and written and performed by stav B they deal with the notion of love; fundamentally the romantic, erotic love, also the friend & the mother. They are humorous and dramatic, theatrical and spectacular, surprising and sensual.
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Drag Prince William
Performer: Lucy Ellinson
Duration: 20 mins

Performance Synopsis:
Alternative cabaret meets contemporary drag king performance. William has appeared at Queer Story Telling Festival (Brighton and London), London Burlesque Festival newcomers competition and 'Yourspace' scratch night at Edinburgh Festival 08.

About the performer:
Lucy Ellinson specialises in devised experimental performance, queer theatre, drag and burlesque. She is a member of Mapping4d Theatre and also works as an associate artist at Theatre in the Mill, Bradford. Lucy is currently touring Europe and Asia for Third Angel with their internationally acclaimed production: 'Presumption' (UK tour and British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2007, Scotsman Award nominee Edinburgh 2007). Lucy is well travelled and has made many International appearances. Lucy also teaches and works as a mentor for young and emerging artists.
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