This Queer House
Written by oakley and presented by OPIA Collective
This is a love story. This is a queer love story.
A couple build a home together, plan on raising a child, create a family. There’s just one thing they’ve got to do first – tell their friends.
Leah, a successful academic, becomes pregnant with the help of a gay friend. Oli, a noted artist begins to navigate & document their transness & their changing body. Together they have been known publicly as lesbians, but when that changes they begin to ‘pass’ through the world as a heterosexual couple. A deep rift opens between them both & the outside world.
This Queer House is a play which reflects the seismic shifts that social change has brought for queer people, alongside the persisting seduction of ‘normality’. Asking what it means to be ‘radical’ or ‘assimilatory’ and questioning how helpful either of these terms are. A play about family-making, the problem of community and the responsibilities that come with those we come to call family.
Dates: 20 July | 5pm (1 hour 30 mins)
Ticket Price: £5
Sweet Like Chocolate Boy
by Playback Drama
“You ever look out of your estate and feel like there is something…beautiful here…but nobody’s happy enough to see it?”
Mars is a street-smart, enthusiastic, lyrically saturated man-on-the-edge. Bounty is a very quiet boy in a very loud borough with a new politically charged black identity swirling around him.
As their worlds collide, can they find their place in these times or will they get chewed, swallowed and digested by it?
Returning from a sold out run in London’s Jack Studio, this two time Offie-nominated show examines the spirit of revolution whilst celebrating black British culture from the 90s onwards.
Dates: 20 July | 7.30pm (2 hour plus interval)
Ticket Price: £12 (£10 concession)
with Stickyback Theatre
Learn how to inspire joy through laughter using Clowning. A hilarious 2 hour workshop aimed at young people who want to have a lot of fun. You will learn to discover what makes you funny, hone your skills and practice making an audience belly laugh! With Stickyback Theatre.
Date: Sunday 21 July | 11am – 1pm
Luke Rollason’s Infinite Content
Written and Performed by Luke Rollason
Luke Rollason’s Infinite Content sees the rubber-limbed physical comedian go digital and merge with the internet. Imagine a slapstick Black Mirror performed by the lovechild of Mr Bean and Inspector Gadget, but with advert breaks.
Delivered in a box by Amazon, Luke is the funniest algorithm of all time, on a mission to be more entertaining than the internet. It’s clown versus the web, as we enter the cloud and tumble through communal videogaming, spam-calls, spot-on printer impressions and an upgrade to comedy that sees the audience’s attention span control the show. Switch on your phones, and switch off your brains – it’s the entertainment grudge match of the century.
Infinite Content is a disorientating, entertaining and surreal sensory overload – just like the internet. It’s the most addictive comedy show ever.
Dates: 21 July | 6pm (1 hour)
Ticket Price: £5
Here We Stand
by Saffia Kavaz, Aisling Towl, Maheni Kay
Here we stand to ask you…
‘Can you hear me through my name?’
Three poets. Three voices. One word.
Here We Stand is an exploration of identity, featuring spoken word from three women. Saffia Kavaz, Aisling Towl and Maheni Kay, scratch pieces of new writing touching on how we navigate through society in a time where our identity is placed centre stage.
Dates: 21 July | 8pm (45 mins)
Ticket Price: £5
I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole!
A Complicité Associates and Polka Theatre co-production
The 1980s! Ska music pulses and young Ashley creates havoc by getting lost in a wild, imaginative world. When Jedi battles and forest adventures go too far, will their hard-working mum resort to the scariest threat of all?
A nostalgic trip for parents and a funny and anarchic show for children, accompanied by an original ska soundtrack and stunning video animation.
Based on the book by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman
Adapted and directed by Complicité Associate Catherine Alexander
25 July | 7pm (1 hour)
26 July | 6pm (1 hour)
Ticket Price: £10 (£8 concession)