With heavy machinery, hard hats and shovels galore, check out the trailer for Emma Frankland’s hole-creating new show We Dig, then book your tickets!
Devised by trans artist Frankland and the company of the show, We Dig runs at Ovalhouse until 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.
Frankland is a live performance and theatre artist whose work focuses on honesty, action and a playfully destructive DIY aesthetic. 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.”
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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.
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.