A banner showing Beth, a white teenager in a pink t-shirt and shiny purple beads with shoulder-length hair in Spice Girl style half-up bunches. Text says HASBIAN Camden People's Theatre July 15th against a backdrop that fasdes from pink to purple to blue. The Camden People's Theatre logo is bottom right showing the name of the theatre in the middle of a circle of green sun-like rays.

Hasbian 
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’).

 

Follow us on Twitter (@HasbianShow) & Instagram (@hasbianshow) and please tag us if you enjoyed yourself this evening!

 

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. 

Use this form to give feedback

You can also email us: hasbianshow@gmail.com

 

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.

 

Creative Team

 

Writer/Performer Beth Watson

Bethwatson.co.uk | @bethwhatcanido

 

Creative Producer Josephine Shipp

@JosephineShipp

 

Director Chloe Kennedy

@chloe_n_kennedy

 

Projection Designer & Animator Edalia Day

Edaliaday.co.uk | @edaliaday

 

Sound Designer Kristina Kapilin

Kristinakapilin.com | @kristinakapilin

 

Lighting Designer Harvey Nowak-Green

harveynowakgreen.co.uk

 

Dramaturgy Koko Brown

Heykoko.com | @thekokobrown

 

Access Consultancy Quiplash

Quiplash.co.uk

 

Access Support & Social Media Assistant Sophie ‘Solo’ London

@Solosays

 

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?

Get involved with Queer Diary

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

 

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