Runtime: 1h 00m
One of the criticisms increasingly levelled at the solo artistic director model of leadership, which still predominates in British theatre, is that it can lead to tunnel vision, in which programming may be done to some extent by a team but is strongly influenced by the person at the top of the theatre. It’s inevitable, not least because it tends to be that individual who is the face of the organisation and who is held accountable for the success or failure of a season. But what happens to a theatre’s output when four guest artistic directors from widely varying theatre backgrounds curate their own mini-programmes of work? Step up the King’s Head where Tom Ratcliffe, Tania Azevedo, and David Cumming are taking the reins for a short time each. The experiment kicks off with Isabel Adomakoh Young choosing a season of shows that include Unleash the Llama with Five Years with the White Man about the black satirist ABC Merriman-Labor, who wrote the first ethnographic account of the White Man; the drag king piece King Dynasty from the queer Pan-Asian company Bitten Peach; Alice McKee’s Perverts about threesomes and internalised shame; and much, much more.
Sex. Love. Lettuce. Join gorgeous clown Trash Salad in her quest for connection: a genre-bending burlesque adventure, using lip sync, strip tease & song on a mission to understand intimacy. Some call it a clown opera; a sexual odyssey; a compost-heap romance. Trash calls it a joyful queer-femme love story in the shape of a salad. Come & see the piece that’s made audiences 'laugh, cry, & nearly piss’. Birthed by award-winning theatre maker Rosa Faye Garland. After her critically acclaimed performances with Poltergeist (**** ‘best shows of the Fringe’ - The Guardian) and Alan and Ron (‘a masterclass of clowning’ - The Play’s The Thing), Rosa Faye Garland presents her debut solo show: a dirty, beautiful clown burlesque about the messy parts of queer sexual expression. Through a bonkers hour of raucous, absurd comedy, the show asks the questions, what does it mean to create a fulfilling queer sex life? To see yourself as a joyous sexual being in a society that has both repulsed and objectified you? How much fresh rocket can you hide in your pants? This show is part of Sight Unseen, a season curated by Isabel Adomakoh Young for The Takeover. Age Recommendation: 18+