A revolutionary exploration of the deep queer past that will change the way you think about LGBTI history forever!
Bird la Bird’s Travelling Queer People’s History Show starts in the vast prison that once stood on the site of today’s Tate Britain, and lovingly traces the lives of queer prisoners across centuries and around the British Empire. It decolonises LGTBI history by taking an inclusive, irreverent approach to the past.
Bird la Bird (she/her) is a queer femme performance artist whose work straddles comedy, history and performance art, and dubbed a Queer Pearly Queen and a Haute Couture Fishwife by critics and admirers.
For the past seven years, Bird has been developing a series of performances interrogating the histories of Britain’s key cultural institutions, queering the chronicles and unpicking the layers of colonialism, class oppression, poverty and homophobia on which they were built.
Her solo shows and group pieces have been presented at Tate, the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Wallace Collection, the London School of Economics, Goldsmiths, the Queer Fringe Festival, Flare at BFI, Dixon’s Place NYC and Theatre Brut Vienna. She has been a guest lecturer at Goldsmiths, the University of Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan University and the San Francisco Art Institute.
Bird is a long-term associate artist with the Duckie collective, and has appeared in Copyright Christmas at the Barbican, Gay Shame and many other projects.
About the event
Register online via Eventbrite for a free ticket. You MUST show your ticket (printed, pdf, or email) to gain access. Please arrive early to ensure your place. The performance will be followed by a reception at the venue from 8pm to 9pm.
This show is accessible in every sense of the word, with audio descriptions for the visually impaired, live captions for deaf and hard of hearing audiences… and a DIY punk attitude to history.
Travelling Queer People’s History Show team
Conceived and performed by Bird la Bird
Director and dramaturg: Jan-Willem van den Bosch
Sound design: Josh Anio Grigg
Voice artists: Liz Carr and Adam Scott-Rowley
Photo of Bird la Bird (above): Holly Revell
Portrait of Bird la Bird (below): Sarah Jane Moon