New Queers on The Block is back in Blackpool – and this time they are staying for the weekend!
Thursday 27th February – Saturday 29th February 2020
LeftCoast, Art B&B and Marlborough Productions present the Blackpool Weekender…
Over the past 2 years, New Queers on the Block have been presenting some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary theatre and performance makers in Blackpool, platforming local and international voices and new approaches to queer art.
This time, we are expanding and more daring than ever. We will be taking over Blackpool’s own boutique hotel fro art lovers, Art B&B, as well as the Blackpool & Fylde College Theatre for two nights full of fantastical journeys into the political unknown, brand new spoken word and comedy about being a bisexual disabled artist.
Events start off on Thursday 27th February with the premiere of a brand new theatre show by Oozing Gloop, the world’s only autistic green drag queen. In The Gloopshow Episode 2: GLOOPTOPIA!, we travel from the tangible to the fantastical via vigils, chants and images of a sinful, saintly and spectacular nature. Oozing Gloop is the only disabled artist in the UK using drag in conjunction with chaos magic to engineer public political spectacle. In their unique brand of “queer alchemy” the personal is political, and everything a body experiences is used to challenge the profane geometry that stops those experiences being better.
Then, on Friday night, come to Art B&B for an exquisite double bill! The hilarious performance maker Jackie Hagan explores what it is to be a bisexual disabled person. Jackie wants to show you her stump, she wants to share some cut-price lager with you from her false leg and she wants one of you to win a Fray Bentos pie. Complimenting the evening is the amazing Mandla Rae, whose punchy and vibrant spoken word explores power dynamics, trauma, heritage and delicate mental health.
Throughout the day across all of February, pay a visit to the Grundy Gallery, where Blackpool’s own Garth Gratrix’s new exhibition Shy Girl is in situ. Gratrix will combine his core interests in minimalism, sculpture, and installation, alongside experimenting with the language of colour, semiotics and architectural space over a period of residency and play; culminating in the artist’s first major solo exhibition in the north west.
Further events, workshops and other opportunities to engage with New Queers on the Block will be advertised on the lead up to the weekender. They are curated and produced by our own NQOTB Ambassador Mykey J Young and will be announced soon.
New Queers on the Block is a Touring and Artist Development initiative lead by Marlborough Productions (Brighton). This event is commissioned and produced in collaboration with LeftCoast, with additional funding by Arts Council England, Jerwood Arts, Esmeé Fairban and The Space.