The Marlborough Theatre have announced their fifth annual Trans Pride Season from 9th – 18th July featuring performances from a range of exciting artists who all exist under the trans / non-binary / intersex / gender variant umbrella.
The programme features prominent queer voice and artist Travis Alabanza, internationally recognised performance artist Emma Frankland, contemporary dance artist Es Morgan, performance artist turned stand-up comedian Krishna Istha, a special Trans Pride addition of FAT Cabaret and much more.
This year sees some events taking place outside of The Marlborough’s theatre space, including Travis Alabanza’s I Tried To F**k Up The System But None Of My Friends Texted Back, which will happen at Brighton arts venue The Spire on 13th July. Recently premiered in London, the performance sees Travis experimenting with audio-based technologies as well as performing, promising a multi-dimensional experience for audience members.
Emma Frankland returns with an Edinburgh preview of her show Hearty on 9th July, in which she explores attitudes to HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and the menopause alongside the liberation of her own body as a transgender woman.
Krishna Istha’s show Beast on 17th July is a comedic exploration into what it means to be trans ‘masculine’ without becoming the men we hate, particularly in the wake of the Me Too movement. The show will be followed by a Trans Swearing Night in the bar, where people will be encouraged to come along and sound off on all things that grind their gears about being trans in 2019. There will also be a photography workshop and the return of last year’s Trans Pride Writer in Residence Scheme.
On 11th July Es Morgan will be performing Mum, I’m in the Fourth Dimension, See! A dance, a poem, a fit of rage, an exorcism and a queer, secular hymn to the impending capitalist apocalypse.
FAT Cabaret will also be returning to the Marlborough with a very special Trans Pride edition named Trans Fats on 12th July. The night will involve a line-up of FAT Cabaret’s favourite trans, non-binary, intersex and gender non-conforming fatties for a night of fat positive performance, hosted by local cabaret artist and fatbassador, Chub Rub.
The always popular Trans Pride Art Night on 18th July, which every year features a mixed bill of trans & non binary artists, will this year see each artist perform in a public space. An open call from the Marlborough has asked for applications from artists who would like to perform their work outside of the theatre, with performances in the bar and surrounding areas of the Marlborough’s 224 year old building. More programme details are to be announced.