Hiya. I’m a midlands based independent creative producer and queer activist. I develop socially engaged projects, which use performance in diverse and innovative contexts to think about queerness, community, care, & making change. Often this happens in public spaces and in contexts where queer identity/performance/politics are underrepresented. I’m interested in asking questions, art that celebrates, and making spaces that empower people.
I have been working as an independent producer with artists and organisations (including Birmingham Hippodrome, Stan’s Cafe, and Birmingham LGBT) since 2015, and am currently producer for artists Ginny Lemon and Xnthony. My recent projects have focused on developing pioneering queer positive performance work for children’s and outdoor audiences. From 2016-2020 I was producer and programmer for SHOUT Festival, Birmingham, developing the organisation into the UK’s largest festival of Queer Arts and Culture.
I believe in the re-prioritisation of midlands perspectives within national queer discourse and decentralisation of queer narratives outside of London. I am in the process of rediscovering my Birmingham accent, and am a big advocate for the use of the word ‘BAB’.
As a theatre-maker I create full-fat performance work in a high camp aesthetic that you have to actively choose to ignore. 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, glitter. In addition to my work as a theatre-maker and producer I regularly perform as a host and cabaret artist.
I am a studio holder at A3 Projects. My research interests include deconstructing camp, the phenomenology of queer fandom, and the radical potential of queer space.