Hasbian (noun): A former lesbian who has “become” bisexual or heterosexual.
An autobiographical comedy about coming out as a lesbian, only to discover that boys are also appealing.
Hasbian uses real teenage diaries, music, and teen-movie actors from the early 00s to tell a story of growing up queer in Brighton (the UK’s Gay Capital) under Section 28 (the 1988 – 2003 law prohibiting the “teaching of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”).
Dripping in equal measures with heartfelt earnestness, sharp irony, and humour that bubbles up in the place between youthful confidence and pubescent self-loathing, Hasbian will fill Millennial audiences with buzzy nostalgia, while exposing queerphobia in the most liberal of cities.
Access: All performances of Hasbian are relaxed (audiences are free to come-and-go, and move about), contain audio description which has been creatively integrated as part of the show (created in consultation with Quiplash), and feature projected captioning.
Writer/performer: Beth Watson
Creative producer: Josephine Shipp
Along with Hasbian we often produce Queer Diary community events which invite LGBTQIA+ adults to share their own teenage diaries and memories.
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“Excellent, genuine rapport with the audience.
Honest and highly personal experience of growing up LGBTQ+”
“Visually superb. A Pandora's box of delightful personal gems.”
- Audience responses
Hasbian was developed with support from:
Promo photo by Holly Revell.
First 2 production stills from video of 2021 sharing at CPT, directed by Chloe Kennedy, filmed by Kristina Pringle & Milo Hutchings, featuring projections by Edalia Day, lighting by Harvey Nowak-Green, and dungarees by The Emperor's Old Clothes.
3rd performance photo by Candice Liebeck, from a 2022 performance at Pleasance, directed by Chloe Kennedy, with set design by Christianna Mason, projections by Edalia Day, and lighting by Amelia Hawkes.