Created by Pink Freud Theatre in collaboration with Izzy Joan (https://twitter.com/izzyjoanmusic)
An exploration into the simultaneous dismissal and fetishisation of queer non-binary and female sexuality.
We are making songs, dances, spoken word, comedy sketches, monologues, and performance art - basically CABARET - about our queerness and gender both not being seen, and how it is sexualised and dribbled at when it is seen.
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“But that only makes you more attractive.”
“But can we join in?”
“But you shouldn’t rule out a whole sector of the population.”
“But how do you know?”
“But you haven’t tried with me.”
“But you don’t look gay.”
“But isn’t that a bit greedy.”
“But you just want everyone.”
“But I swear every woman is bi now.”
“But that’s really hot.”
Sir William Henry Wilcox, the government’s chief medical advisor in the late 1920s, declared lesbian sex “a danger to the wellbeing of a nation”. Despite this sexual acts between women have never been criminalised in the UK. The House of Lords themselves rejected the proposal in 1921 on the grounds that criminalisation of lesbianism would lead to its glamorisation, making it an even more attractive idea for young women. This seems like pretty clear cut evidence of male anxiety surrounding a female sexuality that they cannot partake in, are not wanted in, combined with the denial of female sexuality and an already latent fetisisation.
Ninety eight years later not much has changed. ‘But But But’ is a show about coming out. Not the big coming out, but the little ones, the daily ones. Mainly, it is about the things men say to queer women when they come out. The way that queer female sexuality is dismissed. The way that queer female sexuality is fetishised. The way that female sexuality is denied. It is a show about the rejection of an insistent male gaze that is certain it knows our sexuality better than we do.
Three performers will explore their personal experiences in an alternative queer cabaret that will combine theatre, spoken word and music in obscene celebration.
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But But But has appeared in different shapes and sizes.
We have twice scratched But But But at the Battersea Arts Centre, and it has been programmed in Otherland's Queer Season at The John Thaw Studio (June 2019), The Actor's Centre and Here & Queer Productions' Queer Week at the Drayton Arms Theatre (October 2019).
But But But is due to be re-written and re-worked in 2020. We want to make a show that we no longer call a work-in-progress.