Camden people's Theatre
Thursday July 15th
First performance: July 15th 2021 at Camden People’s Theatre
Hasbian is an autobiographical comedy about growing up queer in Brighton (the UK’s gay capital) during Section 28 (the 1988-2003 law that prohibited the ‘promotion of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship’).
This is the first outing of the newly developed version of Hasbian and we are excited to be incorporating new sound, lights and animation ideas for the very first time. We welcome all feedback (positive & constructively critical) to help us to continue improving the piece and every audience’s experience.
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Access & content
This performance includes the use of haze, features one small bang (party popper), with frequent use of full-volume music and changes in lighting.
This is a relaxed space, which means you are free to move, make noise, leave and re-enter the room whenever you like/need.
We request that you are mindful of other audience members especially with regards to COVID-safety and social-distancing, and keep your masks on (unless you’re exempt, and except when drinking or eating).
This show contains descriptions of queerphobia and bullying, including homophobic and biphobic language, one incident of phsyical violence, and passing (critical) mentions of stalking and rape in popular culture. The plot contains sexual activity, excessive alcohol consumption, and mild recreational drug use amongst teenagers from 14-16.
You will be addressed directly as an audience, and may be asked to volunteer to join in with the show - any participation is by consent, and you will never be ‘picked’ on, touched, or requested to get up on stage.
This performance is being filmed. Audience members will not be filmed and footage will be used for archives and advertising clips, not broadcast.
Writer/Performer Beth Watson
Creative Producer Josephine Shipp
Director Chloe Kennedy
Projection Designer & Animator Edalia Day
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Sound Designer Kristina Kapilin
Lighting Designer Harvey Nowak-Green
Dramaturgy Koko Brown
Access Consultancy Quiplash
Access Support & Social Media Assistant Sophie ‘Solo’ London
Rehearsal space provided by London Performance Studios
Dungaree playsuit made by Emporer’s Old Clothes
Lighting kit on loan from Millennium Performing Arts
Beth would like to thank
Camden People’s Theatre for continued support following this show’s original programming and cancellation in 2020; Omnibus Theatre for their support of Queer Diary & the opportunity to test Hasbian for the first time at their Engine Rooms scratch night; the QAF Space community & everyone who’s taken part in Queer Diary nights for holding space for queer teenage nostalgia and connection throughout during lockdown; Joana Nastari for dramaturgy on the first draft of the script; Helen Black of ‘Dear Diary’ for early encouragement to read this diary on stage; The Family Jewels, Pippa Sa & Tim Faulkner for emotional support & listening to so many unedited dairy readings early on; all my school & teenage pals whose names I've cheekily changed; all the teachers, parents & youth workers who resisted Section 28 (especially those who put up with me as an angsty teen), and Craig (wherever you are!).
Organisations to support
Free2B is a London-based organisation supporting LGBTQ+ youth.
Allsorts Youth Project is a Brighton-based organisation supporting LGBTQ+ youth.
Mermaids is a UK organisation supporting gender-diverse kids, young people & their families.
Educate and Celebrate is a UK organisation founded in 1998 by a queer teacher to provide LGBTQ+ inclusion training for schools and workplaces.
Are you a queer person interested in sharing something from your own teenage years?
A night of queer teenage nostalgia where LGBTQ+ people are invited to show-and-tell diaries, stories, poems, artwork & artefacts from their formative years, to help raise money for queer youth and community organisations.
Hasbian & Queer Diary are supported by Arts Council England