Bechdel Theatre is a Community Interest Company born from a twitter account I created in 2015, inspired by the Bechdel Test and the work of Alison Bechdel.
Now co-run by me and Pippa Sa, Bechdel Theatre's mission is to amplify under-represented voices in theatre, and champion gender representation in the performing arts.
We use social media, podcasting, blogging, stickers, workshops, audience engagement, and performance events to unite audiences and artists who care about gender and representation on stage.
In 2018 I started performing as drag king Dan Load. Dan is a Kingspirational Motivation man who feels good about helping you feel good about feeling good.
Dan's acts involve comedy, lip-syncing and audience-participation, and he is available for hire as a (dangerously enthusiastic) cabaret host.
Dan is a founding member of The Family Jewels drag collective whose shows have sold out at DIY Space, VAULT Festival, and Omnibus Theatre. We have performed and hosted on stages at The Southbank Centre, Aberration at Aberystwth Arts Centre, L Fest in Llandudno, DIY Space For London, and the UK's first ever Bi Pride.
📺 Watch Dan Load unpacking masculinity at Bar Wotever
Hasbian is an autobiographical comedy show based on my teenage diaries. It was booked for first performances at Camden People's Theatre & Omnibus Theatre in Spring/Summer 2020.
Alongside creating the show I host regular Queer Diary evenings for LGBTQ+ people to enjoy the same experience I've had of connecting with their younger-self and sharing that connection with a live audience.
(Zines are large high-quality PDF files so may take a while to download)
If you're interested in reading at Queer Diary fill out this form.
"You're not even, like, a Proper Lesbian"
Crocus is a new show I'm currently working on.
Two self-declared “screaming fangirls” meet on a fan-forum in 2002. Over 15 years they stay in touch via changing online platforms, from forums, to Myspace, to Instagram. Despite only meeting a handful of times IRL, their friendship endures and deepens far beyond the shared fandom of a rock band they quickly grow out of.
Crocus combines IRL/digital and scripted/improvised performance, reflecting the nature of the characters relationship and giving the audience the chance to influence the characters' choices.
I began writing Crocus as part of the Croydon Emerging Writers programme, and the opening scene had a work-in-progress reading on November 20th 2020 at CREW Cuts online festival, supported by Stanley Halls, Disentangle Projects & Arts Council England.
Listen to me talking about Crocus with Upper Norwood Library Hub.
Watch the CREW Cuts scratch performance