As Ovalhouse brings its residency in its current South London home to a close, Emma Frankland opens its final season with We Dig, a show exploring the trans experience in which a giant hole will be dug within the venue. Book your tickets now.
Devised by Frankland and the company of the show, We Dig runs from 5 to 19 October 2019.
Created from conversations with trans women and trans feminine people around the world, with special focus on the UK, Indonesia and Canada, We Dig‘s theatrical excavation is a literal representation of a queer community needing to bury itself for protection. The production, which is performed by a constantly changing cast of trans femmes and features a daily guest performer, aims to communicate elements of the global situation faced by trans people, particularly the needs of women and girls.
Among the other trans artists to have contributed to the piece are Travis Alabanza, whose own show Burgerz sold out runs in London and Edinburgh, One From The Vaults host Morgan M Page and Indonesian performance artist Tamarra.
Speaking about the production, Frankland said:
“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 is be destroyed with love and respect!”
Frankland is a live performance and theatre artist whose work focuses on honesty, action and a playfully destructive DIY aesthetic. She has a reputation for using materials such as water, clay and earth to create strong, intense, messy imagery. Her recent work includes the None of Us is Yet a Robot project, a series of pieces exploring gender, trans identity and transition. Writing about her piece, Hearty, The Guardian said: “Brands don’t lead revolutions. People like Emma Frankland do.”
For more than 50 years, Ovalhouse has worked with artists, young people and residents in Kennington to create work responding to current social and political issues, particularly those that affect local communities. Having spent many years battling to improve facilities in its current location and create a sustainable venue, it will move to a new Brixton building in 2020.
In addition to We Dig, the final season in the current Ovalhouse building includes Christopher Brett Bailey‘s award-winning surrealist American tale This Is How We Die, narrative exploring Gaping Hole (Story #3) and dance theatre piece Kissing Rebellion.