Poet & Theatre Maker Matt Miller and Director Peader Kirk are bringing their new show:
to Upstairs at the Western, Leicester (4 December 2019)
A theatrical genderqueer glamour fest, sprinkled with magic and ready to mess with your binaries.
Theatre Makers Matt Miller and Peader Kirk have come together to co-create this solo theatre performance which uses a combination of spoken-word storytelling, online autobiographical accounts and physical theatre to explore themes of identity and belonging. Their new show FITTING will play Upstairs at the Western (4 December at 7.30pm). Tickets are on sale now: BOX OFFICE: http://www.upstairsatthewestern.com
Magic is everywhere. Wear a dress and people treat you one way. Try a pinstripe suit and, abracadabra, it’s like you’re a different person. If they say beauty is just skin deep, then why is appearance so important to the way we are treated? FITTING is a solo theatre show about Matt’s adventures in dresses and suits with some magic tricks up its sleeve. Ru Paul’s Drag Race meets Phoenix Nights in this autobiopic: from interactions with strangers at bus stops to transgressive explorations in charity shops, follow Matt as they navigate and explode the ground between gender binaries.
Matt Miller is a poet, performer and theatre maker who writes about place, identity and ways of belonging. They learned their craft with Nottingham based poetry collective ‘The Mouthy Poets’. In 2014, Matt was selected as one of BBC Radio 3’s Verb New Voices. Matt has been an artist in residence at Alphabetti Theatre and was one of Live Theatre’s inaugural Live Lab Artists. In 2018/19 Matt worked with The Mighty Creatives as a workshop facilitator. Matt has been praised for their ‘powers of urban storytelling’ (Ian McMillan, The Verb).
Peader Kirk is an Artist and Director working internationally in the fields of Performance and Sound Art. He makes work that engages directly with communities to ask questions about how we meet amidst difference and how we create change. His work has recently been shown at The Southbank Centre and The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, The National Theatre of Greece in Athens, Academy of Fine Arts in Turin and The Hong Kong Repertory Theatre. Peader trained as a director with Robert Lepage at the National Theatre, London and with Eugenio Barba at CPR, Wales.
Matt started working with Peader in 2016. Their first solo show together, STICKING performed to sold out audiences and was toured to Contact Manchester, Gala Theatre, as part of the Durham Book Festival, ARC Stockton and Alphabetti Theatre. They now return with the next in the series exploring LGBTQ+ topics questioning existing perceptions of non-binary gender.
FITTING is supported by ARC Stockton, Arts Council England and New Writing North. FITTING was developed during 2018 with presentations at Camden People’s Theatre and Alphabetti, Newcastle before premiering at ARC in December 2018.
Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD0qae-hxsE