- Venue: Quarry Theatre
- Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
- Age Guidance: 16+ Contains some strong language, nudity and sexual references.
- Other: Post Show Discussion after both performances
More Information on Dancing Bear (2017)
Dancing Bear is a new musical exploring faith, sexuality and gender identity.
A multi-talented cast, including Divina De Campo (BBC All Together Now, The Voice), tell real-life LGBTQ+ stories through incredible original songs and powerful choreography.
Entertaining, inspiring, deeply personal and uplifting, Dancing Bear will have you laughing, crying, singing and dancing in the aisles.
Don’t give up the fight to be who you are.
BBC Radio Leeds
North West End
Frankly My Dear UK
“Glamorous, hilarious and heart-breaking, deeply personal and uplifting… a must-see” Manchester Salon
“A powerful celebration” State of the Arts
“An inspired approach” Manchester Theatre Awards
Both performances of Dancing Bear will be followed by a post-show discussion.
6th April – Christine Burns MBE
Christine Burns MBE has campaigned for a quarter of a century for the civil rights of transgender people, and has been involved with the trans community for more than forty years. She has worked as an equalities consultant, helped to put together new employment legislation and the Gender Recognition Act, and wrote the first ever official guidance about trans people for the Department of Health. Christine has also written extensively about transgender history in Britain. Her two volume work ‘Pressing Matters’ (2013, 14) was an insider account of the lobby campaign which led to the passage of the Gender Recognition Act in 2004. Her latest book, ‘Trans Britain’ (2018), an anthology of eye-witness accounts, describes the historical journey of trans people over more than a century.
7th April – Rev Tina Beardsley (Photo by Christa Holka 2015, @Twilight People)
Tina Beardsley (the Revd Dr Christina Beardsley), Church of England priest; trans woman;advocate and author for the full inclusion of trans people in the Church. Some of Tina’s life history (to date!) appears in ‘A Vicar’s Story’, Chapter 6 of Trans Britain: Our Journey from the Shadows, edited by Christine Burns MBE (Unbound 2018). Participating in the five day workshop ‘Gender in Performance’, led by Drag King the late Diane Torr, in the summer of 1997, was a pivotal experience for Tina, and she remains fascinated by the performativity of gender and its interface with spirituality. She is thrilled therefore to be hosting this post show discussion of Dancing Bear.
Cast & Credits
Concept and Direction by Jamie Fletcher / Written by Beccy Owen / Original Music by Ric Neale, Beccy Owen and Jamie Fletcher / Musical Direction by Ric Neale / Choreography by Eleni Edipidi / Lighting Designer Tim Skelly / Set & Costume Designer Bethany Wells / Dramaturg Emma Adams / Sound Engineer Craig Rothery / Stage Manager Charlie Stanley /
Presented by Jamie Fletcher & Company and Contact
Owen Farrow AKA Divina De Campo
as Drag Queen/Dancer/Performer
as Dancing Bear/Lead Dancer/Performer
as BSL Interpreter/Performer
“ Provocative and funny, beautiful and compassionate... raw”
“ Refreshingly honest and intimate... promises to be truly revolutionary”
A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.Audio Described
Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.Relaxed Performance
A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.Dementia-Friendly Performance
Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.Sing Along
Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.Post Show Discussion
Parent & Baby Performance
A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.
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- - Captioned
- - Signed
- - Audio Description
- - Relaxed Performance
- - Dementia Friendly Performance
- - Post Show Discussion
- - Sing Along
- - Parent & Baby Performance