I’m a midlands based creative producer, performance-maker and cultural activist.
I develop socially engaged projects, which use performance in diverse contexts to think about queerness, community, fatness, care, & making change.
My work is built on 5 core values; celebration, invitation, demonstration, transformation, and occupation – all of which are built on a foundation of safety. I create ‘full-fat’ projects with a distinctly queer aesthetic, which are just as likely to take place in public spaces and contexts where queer identities and politics are underrepresented as it is in a conventional theatre space. I’m interested in asking questions, art that celebrates, and making spaces that empower people.
I am a 2020 Jerwood Bursary recipient, researching new directions in socially engaged queer practice. I believe in the re-prioritisation of regional perspectives within national queer discourse and decentralisation of queer narratives outside of London. I am a studio holder at A3 Projects. My research interests include deconstructing camp, gendering the fat queer body, the phenomenology of queer fandom, and the radical potential of queer space.
I’m interested in what it is to celebrate queerness in a world without shame, where shame itself does not (and has not existed). I explore what it is that queerness has to offer the world, and actively work to move towards a new way of viewing navigating world (rather than moving away from an old one). To do this I play many roles; producer, community organiser, curator, artist, drag queen, consultant, developer, creator, vocalist, and hot mess. The majority of my work falls into one of two strands; either as maker or producer. I do not view these strands separately – they are the tools I have at my disposal to affect change and create a more capacious queer world.
I have worked as an independent producer with organisations including Cambridge Junction, Birmingham Hippodrome, and DanceXchange. I am currently the producer for drag iconoclast Ginny Lemon, and delivering PALAVER!, a two-year artist, audience, and sector development programme supporting the creation of queer positive performance work for children and family audiences. From 2016-2020 I was Festival Director for SHOUT Festival, Birmingham, developing the organisation into the UK’s largest festival of Queer Arts and Culture, winning Midlands Zone Magazine’s Best LGBTQ+ event 2017, 18, 19, & 2020, and joining Arts Council England’s National Portfolio in 2018.
My work has been commissioned by Birmingham Hippodrome, Home Live Art, Without Walls, Appetite Stoke, Offsite, and GDIF, and has been supported by In Good Company. My recent projects have focused on developing pioneering queer positive performance work for children’s and outdoor audiences, including FANTABULOSA – a drag show for kids.
I perform in drag as Fatt Butcher, and am the creator and host of Fatt Butcher’s Disco Bingo, currently resident at the Nightingale Club, Birmingham. I regularly work as a host and cabaret artist on the UK Festivals circuit including for Birmingham International Dance Festival, Flatpack Festival, Fierce, Birmingham Pride Pride & Wilderness festivals.
My work embraces liveness, I’m on a mission to celebrate low-culture and camp and to use them as weapons to disrupt normatively – expect power ballads, gameshows, politics, and glitter.