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A Bit Of A Do: Triple Bill – Meg Hodgson, Sophie Halstead and Tom Marshman

 Meg Hodgson / Sophie Halstead / Tom Marshman

A three-in-one Thursday treat – featuring two brand new performances by Tom Marshman and Sophie Halstead, both co-commissioned for this year’s A Bit Of A Do Festival, alongside guest artist Meg Hodgson.

Meg Hodgson - MOONFACE, a drag creature with a Moon for a head stands smiling eerily at the camera. They are wearing a beige suit and white turtleneck, and are carrying a black desk lamp pointing at their face, and an extension cord.

Meg Hodgson – MOONFACE

2023. Shady billionaires make plans to colonise and mine the solar system behind all our backs, and the Moon has had quite enough.

Made with Professor Ilan Kelman, coordinator of UCL’s Space Health Risks Research group, MOONFACE is a humorous and exuberant love letter to our nearest celestial neighbour.

Sophie Halstead - A black and white close up photo of Sophie who is a white female. Her make-up is exaggerated and theatrical -with asymmetrical lines from one side of her lips and streams of black from her eyes. Her hair is down but slicked away from her face. She is gazing upwards towards the light source which is reflected in her eyes. Her shoulder is turned towards the camera and is bare. She is holding white fur to her chest. It is purposefully melodramatic.

Sophie Halstead – Sorry?

‘Sorry?’ is a one woman show reflecting on Sophie’s relationship with her deafness. The show slides between humility and extravagance, offering a generous performance about discovery of oneself.  The piece guides audience members through Sophie’s embrace of identity, by transitioning through scenes reminiscent of Sophie’s experience of contending with her deafness. The show works with ideas of concealing and revealing through the use of lights and costume as an extension of the body. The performance uses the space creatively, with moments of close proximity with the audience encouraging them to immerse themselves within Sophie’s dance.

Tom Marshman - A white man in a black leather jacket and blue jeans is flicking his long blonde hair, his hands are in his pockets. The image is blurred in places from the speed of the motion.

Tom Marshman – The Show of Shows

Tom Marshman is a show off and an over-sharer, in his new work The Show of Shows he asks; has the impact of growing up within Section 28 legislation made him this way? Over the last six months Tom has asked this question in conversation with the queer community he explores the legislation introduced by Thatcher’s Conservative government which stopped schools mentioning queer life. Through integrating his past body of work Tom has begun to see this through the lens that is a bi product of the past invisibility and shame that was injured by him and many of the LGBTQIA+ around him

“A tour de force performance”  The Gay UK (on Kings Cross (REMIX))


What will you experience?
This is a triple-bill of performance with an interval.

This is a clown/drag solo performance. The performer will interact with the audience and ask some audience members to come up onstage. This is self-selected. They may also suggest that you give up your chair or space for props. Please feel empowered to say no if you do not want to.

This is a cabaret style dance performance in which the audience will be seated at the same level as the performer. The performer will move amongst the audience, and at times may get close to them.


Access Information:

For this event, the following access provision will be available:
Performance BSL Interpreter
Front of House BSL Communication Support
Step-free access throughout the venue
Accessible toilet within the venue
This is a relaxed performance, meaning audience members can come and go and make noise as needed.
The Show of Shows will have a touch tour, commencing at 6:45pm
The Show of Shows will include integrated audio description by the artist.
Sorry? will include pre-recorded audio description by the artist available on our website before the performance or via a QR code at the venue.

You can find an audio programme note for The Show of Shows by Tom Marshman through this link. This includes some information about audio description in the performance: https://qrco.de/beRITu

Content warnings: 

The Show of Shows – Opinions from Tatcher that include Homophobia, transphobia and racist language.

Mentions a history that is transphobic and racist that made people feel minorities.

MOONFACE – The performance contains partial nudity, sexual content, references to violent colonial practices and coarse language. The performance contains loud sounds and low or changing lighting.

Show Credits:

Written and Performed by: Meg Hodgson
Science Collaborator: Ilan Kelman
Directed by: Helena Banerjee
Produced by: Millie Wood-Downie
Sound Design and Composition by: Liv Lynch and Jan Brzezinski

With thanks to Camden People’s Theatre, UCL Culture and The London Mining Network

Caroline Salem- Mentor
Lea Anderson- Mentor

The Show of Shows and Sorry? have been co-commissioned by Drunken Chorus for A Bit Of A Do 2023

About A Bit Of A Do
This event is part of A Bit Of A Do, Drunken Chorus’s annual inclusive festival of theatre, dance and cabaret by disabled and non-disabled artists!

A Bit Of A Do presents a line up of world-class professional artists and companies, emerging performers, dancers and theatre makers, alongside local groups and communities.

About Drunken Chorus
Drunken Chorus, a theatre company and registered charity, curates inclusive and accessible festivals, events and creative experiences.

Drunken Chorus is passionate about supporting, promoting and creating interesting, contemporary and alternative performances that are accessible and inclusive. We do this by: providing support for disabled and non-disabled artists to create work and develop their artistic careers; running theatre workshops for local learning disabled and autistic adults; making and touring accessible performances; and producing our annual flagship festival – A Bit Of A Do.

For more information please visit the website: www.drunkenchorus.co.uk.

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