to talk about:
I'm a performer, theatre maker, facilitator and drag king with special interest in gender in the performing arts.
This page contains details on my professional experience and training, for anyone seeking to book me for work. For more general information about my creative projects and companies I'm involved with, please see my Projects Page.
To listen/read/watch me talking about my work, see my Press Page.
To see any events or performances I have coming up and book tickets, see my Linktree.
If you're interested in hiring or working with me, read on to find out more about my experience, skills and training.
As performer and theatre maker
I have extensive experience and training in acting, devising, cabaret and drag.
"Excellent, genuine rapport with the audience."
- Feedback from 'Hasbian' scratch performance (2019)
"Standout highlights include... the ‘Fuckboi’ routine, in which the sleazy Sir courts and abandons Dan Load (in a very entertaining tongue-in-cheek double drag) while the other boys preen and peacock in unison. It’s a witty summary of the dating scene, and the collective cheer when Dan finally ditches the fuckboi is the emotional pay off we all deserve, but often don’t find in a drag show."
- LGBTQ Arts Review, on Dan Load in MANdemic at Omnibus Theatre (2019)
Performer credits include:
Hasbian at Pleasance and Camden People's Theatre; MANdemic at Omnibus Theatre & VAULT Festival; Hasbian (scratch performances) at The Bunker, Omnibus, The Apple Tree & The Glory; Pecs Drag King Takeover at The Southbank Centre; Bar Wotever at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern; The Unfortunate Bisexual at Edinburgh Fringe; ORGASM at Camden People's Theatre; Article 10 at Camden Fringe Festival; Heir To The Throne at Shakespeare In Shoreditch Festival.
I love creating work that's political and/or comic, and performing in unconventional theatre and cabaret settings.
I'm interested in performance that positively activates the audience through immersion, interaction, and participation. I have a strong preference for working collaboratively and creatively, and as a neurodivergent artist I'm particularly keen to work with artists and companies who prioritise access (in the workplace and for audiences).
Get in touch to hire me as a performer or deviser.
I can also visit your R&D as an outside eye, or watch a sharing to give feedback with focus on my areas of specialism, eg: feminist & queer performance practice, consensual audience participation, and gender inclusion.
As a host
I host podcasts, audience discussion groups, and live performance events both in-person and online, for a wide variety of audiences.
"Beth's instinct as a host added to how well the event flowed" - Feedback from Queer Diary audience member (2020)
“Inviting and well structured – everyone can be heard and the right questions are asked” - Feedback from the company on an audience discussion of And The Rest of Me Floats at The Bush (2019)
"The drag performers had the audience in stitches" - Stonewall on Dan Load hosting Bi Pride's cabaret stage at Round Chapel with The Family Jewels (2019)
Experience as a host includes:
Queer Diary at Omnibus Theatre, Stanley Arts, Glass House, and online with QAF Space; Live Bechdel Theatre podcasts at Edinburgh Fringe & VAULT Festival; International Women's Day showcase at Ovalhouse (with Fuel Theatre); Drag To Watch Out For at Styx & The Two Brewers; Verve Festival Feminist Theatre-makers panel at The Arts Theatre; Inspiring Women Symposium at Oxford Playhouse; Bechdel Circle audience discussions (at theatres including The Bush, Camden People's Theatre, The Park Theatre, Theatre503, and Wyndham's Theatre); Bechdel Theatre 's launch night, comedy night, and cabaret night; and hosting the cabaret stage at the UK's first ever Bi Pride celebration.
As a compere on cabaret stages, an interviewer on podcasts, and regular facilitator of public discussions and conversations, I have a well-honed instinct for communicating with groups of people in a range of spaces.
My work as a host is driven by my enthusiasm for connecting artists and audiences, and championing the work and voices of others. I bring to all my hosting a naturally upbeat energy, empathetic listening skills, and a keen awareness of how to engage, enliven, and care for audiences.
I can also appear as a guest speaker for events, or on podcasts.
As a facilitator
I have created and delivered workshops, talks, and tours for creative professionals, universities, youth groups and schools on topics including gender, performance, creativity, engaging with art, and discovering London's LGBTQ+ & theatre scene.
"The exercises are imaginative and suitably challenging. [Students] reflect on their work and practice through open and reflective discussions."
- Lee White, Florida State University (London Theatre Academy)
“A strong sense of camaraderie and support” - Participant Feedback
Experience includes work with:
Stanley Arts; Spotlight; Bristol University; Roehampton University; Florida State University; Oregon University; The Mono Box; The Pleasance; Ovalhouse; The Barbican Centre; City Unscripted; The Science Gallery; Kings College London; L Fest (L Fest award nomination for Best Workshop); and Nomadic Youth.
I'm available for work as a freelance facilitator.
Hire me as a facilitator to deliver, design, or bring workshops to your venue or organisation.
As a producer
I have produced and co-produced shows and events which have played to sold-out audiences.
"Pushing the men out of the foreground created space for a host of other stories, notably sisterly relationships and lesbian and bisexual characters... The evening as a whole made me reflect upon what moments or conversations are deemed significant enough for drama. In each of these plays, we see snatches of women’s lives, heightened moments of the ordinary... More please!
- Cannon Warrior review of Bechdel Testing Life at The Bunker (2017)
Productions & events include:
Queer Diary online (QAF Space); Bechdel Testing Life (Theatre Deli, The Bunker Theatre); The Family Jewels: POWER (DIY Space); MANdemic : A Drag King Cabaret (VAULT Festival, Omnibus Theatre); The Family Jewels y2K House Party; Bechdel Theatre's launch night (Above The Arts); Bechdel Theatre comedy night (Cafe Koha); Drag To Watch Out For (Styx, The Two Brewers).
I produce my own work, and collaboratively co-ordinate events as part of companies and partnerships.
Please note: Although I have producing skills and experience, I am not seeking work as an independent freelance producer on other people's projects.
Training and education includes
Croydon Emerging Writers (CREW) - Playwright course, led by Jennifer Farmer (2020), member of peer-led writers group at Stanley Arts (2021-present)
Soho Theatre - Cabaret & Drag Lab, led by Bourgeois & Maurice (2017-18)
Quiplash - Disability Awareness; Queer Audio Description (2021)
The Barbican Centre - Facilitating Creative Learning tours for schools & families; Public backstage & architecture tours; Disability awareness & Dementia Friend training (2016-present)
Clerkinworks at The Globe - Through The Door Improvisation (2018-19)
Rubyyy Jones - Queerlesque (2019)
Pinecone Performance - London Devised Theatre Intensive at Toynbee Studios (2018)
Pecs Drag Kings - Drag Camp (2017)
Bryony Kimmings - Autobiographical Theatre (2016)
James Grieve/The Actor' Guild - Producing for Artists (2015)
London School of Dramatic Art - Acting
Goldsmiths University - Drama & English
I am also a personal license holder for the sale and supply of alcohol, an experienced bar and venue manager and first aider.
Full CV and references available on request.
Notes on contact:
Please clearly indicate rates of pay/budget if contacting me about a job OR outline your approach to fair exchange, expenses, or tangible benefit (if about an invitation outside the remit of employment).
Please include information (or be ready to answer questions) relating to access and inclusion for any engagement.
I sometimes juggle several projects, and I'm neurodivergent. If I don't respond within 48 hours, please feel free to nudge me with a follow up email. I appreciate it!
As Beth, I don't mind what pronouns you use for me in person (most people use They/Them or She/Her). If writing for press or wide publication, just use my name. Dan Load is always He/Him - from the moment my beard is on.
I prefer email to DMs on any social media platform - just because I'm far more likely to see them at a time when I'm able to respond.
Email about Hasbian or Queer Diary