Theresa May smackdown
THERESA MAY SMACKDOWN

“In tough times, everyone has to take their share of the pain”
Theresa May

Femme Feral presents THERESAMAYSMACKDOWN, a queer, feminist, anti-fascist, noise-driven ferocious fight to the death [of the alt-right].

Brandishing baby oil and pure fucking fiery rage, Femme Feral Fighters build a cacophony of body slamming sound and a display of fiercely perverse erotic imagery.

// 4 HOURS // 4 FIGHTERS // LIQUIDS // NOISE //  FURY // PASSION // DESTRUCTION //

Femme Feral is a ferocious fighting wrestling noise band. It is an ever-shifting inclusive collective of artists founded by Anna Smith and Phoebe Patey-Ferguson over a shared enthusiasm of the 1970s Aggressive Women lesbian porn series, powerful walls of noise, the power of the female body, intimacy and risk. We are joined together in the collective by our desperate desire to explore immediate aggression, get physical, down and dirty and unleash really loud fucking noise in response to the systematic violence of our current political reality.  Working with completely amateur fighting technique and totally improvised noise, we want to give form to the violence we have internalised, to free it from our tense shoulders, to put it in the world and show it to the people.

Chiron has been a regular performer with Femme Feral since 2018.

ABOUT

WHO:

  • Femme Feral

  • Chiron Stamp

 

​WHERE

  • Femmtopia at VFD (Hackney)

  • Thorny at the Arnolfini (Bristol)

Princess 1719 | Duckie
PRINCESS 1719 | DUCKIE

A Bent History Bachannal with Duckie

What was the London queer scene like 300 years ago?

Was it all blackmail, shame, silence and violence? Not really, just most of it.

From the Macaronis to the Molly Houses, the She-Husbands to the Subversive Spinsters, the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to the early Old Bill, Duckie digs deeper and explores the benders and the gender offenders of the 18th century. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, infamous bent teeth-gnashing queer academic and archivist E-J Scott will lead a team of pioneering volunteers into the archives to see what they have been keeping from us all of these years.

 

Warning: This is not one of those nice BBC history projects with Lucy Wolsley about posh people and the Royals, this is Filth. This project is suitable for recherché rubsters, bourgeois buggerantoes, legacy lesbos and all the old relics.  Plus a few perverts and feminists with nothing better to do.

You might think homo heritage started with Gay Lib or Oscar Wilde, but London's queer culture is as old as the city itself.

ABOUT

WHO:

  • Duckie

  • Chiron Stamp

  • Azara

  • Oberon White

 

​WHERE

  • Femmtopia at VFD (Hackney)

  • Thorny at the Arnolfini (Bristol)

In My Shoes: Intimacy 
Jane Gauntlett
IN MY SHOES: INTIMACY BY JANE GAUNTLETT

In 2018 performed in Intimacy, a new Interactive Experience for two using virtual reality and 360 film from the In My Shoes Project.  In My Shoes: Intimacy is a new 360 experience which explores the power of human connection. Put aside your inhibitions, sit down with a partner, look into their eyes. Let these strangers guide you through their impromptu, unconventional & intense moments of intimacy.

Intimacy is a first-person documentary designed for two people to experience three encounters from six very different perspectives. It tells the stories of two strangers, two comrades and two lovers. It explores the importance of intimacy in survival, relationships and sexuality from a first-person perspective.

Set on a sofa, the experience will develop the relationship of the two participants through the interactions of the characters they will embody. Through eye contact, touch, undressing, redressing and 360 video the piece explores the many meanings and forms of human Intimacy.

In My Shoes: Intimacy premiered at Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2017 as part of Alternate Realities. Intimacy is currently touring internationally and screenings have included DocMontevideo (Uruguay) DOCSP (Brazil) Future of Storytelling (NY, USA) Noviembre Electrónico (Argentina) Experimenta/ Melbourne International Festival (Melb, Australia) 

ABOUT

WHO:

  • Writer/ Director: Jane Gauntlett

  • Co-Director: Andrew Somerville

  • Producer: Jane Gauntlett

  • Creative Producer: Tessa Ratuszynska

  • Art Director: Tim Kelleher

  • Music: Sylvana Joyce & The Moment

  • Lighting Designer & Creative Consultant: Natalie Jones

  • Cast: Sarah Cowan, George Collie, Daniel James, Ellie Stamp, Neil Connolly, Stella Taylor

 

​WHERE

  • Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2017, as part of Alternate Realities.

  • DocMontevideo, Uruguay 

  • DOCSP, Brazil 

  • Future of Storytelling, NY, USA 

  • Noviembre Electrónico, Argentina 

  • Experimenta/ Melbourne International Festival, Melb, Australia

In My Shoes: Intimacy 
Jane Gauntlett
IN MY SHOES: INTIMACY BY JANE GAUNTLETT

In 2018 performed in Intimacy, a new Interactive Experience for two using virtual reality and 360 film from the In My Shoes Project.  In My Shoes: Intimacy is a new 360 experience which explores the power of human connection. Put aside your inhibitions, sit down with a partner, look into their eyes. Let these strangers guide you through their impromptu, unconventional & intense moments of intimacy.

Intimacy is a first-person documentary designed for two people to experience three encounters from six very different perspectives. It tells the stories of two strangers, two comrades and two lovers. It explores the importance of intimacy in survival, relationships and sexuality from a first-person perspective.

Set on a sofa, the experience will develop the relationship of the two participants through the interactions of the characters they will embody. Through eye contact, touch, undressing, redressing and 360 video the piece explores the many meanings and forms of human Intimacy.

ABOUT

WHO:

  • Writer/ Director: Jane Gauntlett

  • Co-Director: Andrew Somerville

  • Producer: Jane Gauntlett

  • Creative Producer: Tessa Ratuszynska

  • Art Director: Tim Kelleher

  • Music: Sylvana Joyce & The Moment

  • Lighting Designer & Creative Consultant: Natalie Jones

  • Cast: Sarah Cowan, George Collie, Daniel James, Ellie Stamp, Neil Connolly, Stella Taylor

 

​WHERE

  • Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2017, as part of Alternate Realities.

  • DocMontevideo, Uruguay 

  • DOCSP, Brazil 

  • Future of Storytelling, NY, USA 

  • Noviembre Electrónico, Argentina 

  • Experimenta/ Melbourne International Festival, Melb, Australia

re:framing psychiatry
Shrink radio
RE: FRAMING PSYCHIATRY

Chiron participated in a panel discussion exploring the Unreliable Narrator: Hysterical Woman, Manned up Man, as part of Re:framing Psychiatry and Shrink Radio for Bedlam Exhibition, at the Wellcome Collection in association with the Dragon Café.

RE:CREATE Psychiatry emerged as the logical development of the Young Doctor Dialogues – a two-year-long series of panel discussions where the often contentious and divisive debate between psychiatrist and service-user was allowed to happen in a way productive for both parties, through carving out safe, creative spaces for both service users and professionals to share their reflections – and listen to others – about the current system’s virtues and frailties. Through podcasts, discussion groups, creative dialogue workshops and public events, through genuine, open-hearted and constructive dialogue, we are piecing together a collective, multi-perspectival understanding of how services can become more human for everyone involved.

ABOUT

WHO:

  • Chiron Stamp

  • Dr Lauren Gavaghan

 

​WHERE

  • Wellcome Collection, London

Re:Framing Psychiatry

Chiron participated in a panel discussion exploring the Unreliable Narrator: Hysterical Woman, Manned up Man, as part of Re:framing Psychiatry and Shrink Radio for Bedlam Exhibition, at the Wellcome Collection in association with the Dragon Café.

RE:CREATE Psychiatry emerged as the logical development of the Young Doctor Dialogues – a two-year-long series of panel discussions where the often contentious and divisive debate between psychiatrist and service-user was allowed to happen in a way productive for both parties, through carving out safe, creative spaces for both service users and professionals to share their reflections – and listen to others – about the current system’s virtues and frailties. Through podcasts, discussion groups, creative dialogue workshops and public events, through genuine, open-hearted and constructive dialogue, we are piecing together a collective, multi-perspectival understanding of how services can become more human for everyone involved.

ABOUT

WHO:

  • Chiron Stamp

  • Dr Lauren Gavaghan

 

​WHERE

  • Wellcome Collection, London

nurse knows best
Sheila Ghlani
NURSE KNOWS BEST: SHEILA GHELANI

Chiron performed in Nurse Knows Best, as par of the Sick of the Fringe at Wellcome Collection.

 

Originally created for Duckie's 2009 Gay Shame club night at the Brixton Academy, Nurse Knows Best was devised in response to troublesome ideas surrounding purity, cleansing, care and filth. These were areas that emerged as interesting to Sheila when she began to explore Duckie's 2009 theme of Femininity. 

 

The piece was then re-worked for BAC's One-on-One Festival in June 2010, and, whilst retaining some aspects of the Duckie version (i.e. its cheeky interactive nature), the piece has now emerged as a much gentler, restorative and contemplative work.  In addition to BAC it has been seen at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, Nova Festival in Pulborough as part of BAC's Take Out Season 2012 and FLINT Festival in Corsham with just one bed and one nurse. Most recently it was shown at Wellcome Collection as part of The Sick of The Fringe's 2017 weekend programme of work with three beds and three nurses, with a focus on self-care.

ABOUT

WHO 

  • Sheila Ghelani

  • Chiron Stamp

WHERE

  • Wellcome Collection, London