For three weeks this October, Ovalhouse hosts We Dig – an exhilarating new theatre project led by Emma Frankland alongside very special guests.
Built from conversations with trans women and trans feminine people around the world and researched specifically within the UK, Indonesia, Canada & Brazil, the production centres around the actual excavation of a giant hole – a literal representation of a queer community needing to bury itself for protection.
Live, direct and set to smash, rather than just break the mould, We Dig sees Emma and guests taking complete control as they dig deep into the historic Ovalhouse building to initiate its final season. We Dig focuses on trans artists, communicating elements of our global situation particularly targeting the needs of women & girls.
From the earliest stages, the production will include a collaborative devised process with other trans artists including Travis Alabanza, Indonesian celebrity and performance artist Tamara Pertamina. As well, Morgan M Page, performer, artist and host of the podcast One From the Vaults will be joining the cast.
‘We Dig’ will feature a guest performer each night allowing input from many innovative and exciting trans artists. Says Emma:
“I am delighted to be able to bring together so many trans feminine people, to tell stories and celebrate – so often we only see one trans person on stage or in a company so to hear multiple voices is very exciting. Especially to be able to invite people from all across the world!”
“I am also really proud to be part of the demolition of this important theatre space – Ovalhouse has been a site for radical performance for the last 50 years and it seems appropriate that it be destroyed with love and respect!”
We Dig runs 4th – 19th October at Ovalhouse.