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[Applause] new quiz on the block the tour came about so that we could take the fantastic work of these artists to loads of different audiences throughout the UK and new quiz on the road the film came about so that anyone with an internet connection can come on the tour with us the thinking behind the project was that we wanted to take the work that we made at the Marlborough with lots of amazing lgbtq+ artists and take it to parts of the country with it and might not otherwise would narrow you go up to tour so on this tour we decided to go to Brighton Bradford’s Foxton Blackpool and Hastings we decided to take on the road some of our favorite artists that we often collaborate with as well as commissioning some regional local artists to join us one of the artists that we brought on the road was Rachel young who brought along nightclubbing which is an explosive performance bringing visceral live music and intergalactic visions to start a revolution also on the road with us is a fantastic artist called Hester Chillingworth he performed in the persona of a non-binary child called Shorty and the performance looks at the position of the non-binary child and the relationship with the mind when the body is under attack another artists is Stacey McKee she who’s a legend and for this tour stacey is bringing post-apocalyptic cryptic cocktail of performances posted on the road reverses america’s cry cry cry a fantastic performance artist and choreographer and in this performance he’s dead they utilized powerful choreographic skills to address melancholia beginning with the question was to pout depressed our compare was a few Lee bits Hugh is a neo cabaret performance artist and singer the local artists that we worked with in Brighton is the fantastic C sharp who’s an award-winning poet and they’re turning their hand to performance to make the show take this off my hands brother insect offering an unorthodox glimpse into what it means to outsider carrying the weight of polarization as a special treat in Blackpool we were joined by the amazing losing group who is an apocalyptic green post drag autistic Queen sabirah did a fantastic job as our production assistant on the tour and that also performed themselves so they hopped up on the stage in the Hastings performance to share their spoken word about being queer black and angry our local artists in Blackpool were the amazing balance and they explored the common misconceptions and stereotypes of lesbian relationships in Folkston we were joined by our local artist Reed Dudley Pearson and their performance bodied was a punk performance dragged out of our struggle against the material totality of neoliberal capitalism I feel like it’s the first part of a long journey I think that this first tour has been a big kind of like first date with us meeting people in Bradford and Blackpool and folks in the Hastings we’ve met them before and organisations before but we’ve haven’t met communities maybe so I think those are kind of getting to know you phase and I’m really excited to see how this is gonna unfold over the next couple years but yeah I think in lots of ways we have found audiences good evening my friends welcome to new quiz on the broker to the moderator thank you very much I kind of think we are really lucky to be in Brighton where it’s so easy I just walk 15 minutes down the road and I can see performance that are like really breaking the mold and like I can see people that look like me being celebrated in kind of performance scene and I think it must be really hard to not have that and I think it’s really important that people be able to see queer trans amazing PSE like in rad performances and just it kind of sometimes like it gives permission I remember when I first started coming to like going to queer shows and stuff in London and Brighton seeing some of that stuff that gave me permission to like be a bit weirder and make be a bit like oh sure I think I could maybe I have to get up on a stage I do live in a small town near Brighton and there’s nothing like this where I live and there’s nothing like that so yeah I’m glad there’s a

queer community a queer performance space because it’s so necessary and it’s I think it is very rare I’m just getting the box off his phone ready for our show tonight it’s sold out in Brighton I’ve got really good ticket sales for Hastings tomorrow so fingers crossed it’s gonna be really really good I’m so excited to see the performance oh my friends thank you so much for coming out to join us this evening this is such an exciting night this is one of the Marlboros most like beloved and most progressive and fantastic projects is Mason sing in a Malvern actually cuz I heard that hadn’t been involved in the creation of it so who do you wonderful ft to be saying in the theatre experiencer showed that was created by the my brother just have it this wash over me and all that expert credible what we are doing tonight my dears is we’re not seeking to define queerness but we are attempting some descriptions of the multiplicities of expression within it what do they look like I knew there beneath the thin layers of darkness how does it feel to wear them around like a top hat or a wristwatch or an accessory for tomorrow hate crime Thanks looking up to me [Applause] everyone giving to the station we struggling to hey Steve at 10:30 I went to the Hastings performance and it was absolutely amazing there are so many people there the audience engagement officer that we’d worked with then had an amazing job and just going into different community groups speaking of different people and saying hey we’ve got something that we think you’re gonna be into I think new quiz on the block gave me a chance to say come along and give it a try come and see what I’ve got to offer you and you might make some friends by coming along and those that did come did experience that and I’m still engaged with those slightly more isolated people who were bowled over by nucleus on the block and it opened up a whole new horizon for them there’s there is stuff happening but of course there could always be more Kantner and and I think what’s gonna be brilliant about nucleus on the Block about this project in general is building building on what’s already successfully happening here in Hastings and really creating a space where we can all come together you know and that’s what’s most important that’s why I do what I do because I love just creating more spaces who can come together and we can be what we want to be with no judgement and feel at home and feel relaxed and watch performance and use performance to think about our lives and how we interact with each other and I know that here since the people here just really should put open to that because that’s the kind of tone it is there are one or two venues like the –scent Leonard’s and on the rocks in Hastings which are kind of specifically LGBTQ I’d plus threatened Lee so there is that there is a and a community and network but there’s also a hinterland of members of that community who aren’t visible right into Hastings there was it was a different thing they felt like people were there cuz I wanted to be and they were curious to see and they were basically on side and up for it so yes I was absolutely blown away on the night because it was a hugely challenging show it was brilliant certain Hastings was raw vital challenging exciting thrilling it was just absolutely brilliant and I felt very privileged to be there and it’s great to have it on the doorstep in Hastings reverse racism that’s what they call it when they’re stuck in their feelings about some something or other someone called them Becky when their name is actually Hannah someone told them that their post Malone cornrows got them looking like a scarecrow someone snatched off their messy white girls night out bindi someone called them crackers Casper’s Hellmann’s mayo sapiens enemies of the sunlight basic-ass dust the abomination pasty white Devils dusty-ass no lip haven’t

asked pale demons nasty pink and who always got to be making out with their dogs the most fascinating process in understanding the local ecologies of each place and always also at the same time very grounding like it became very apparent how proverbs we are here in the south and it kind of took us a while to understand each particular context and in particular spice each spice has its own politics its own nuances its own interactions with this emergence Azure with new what is Susan each of them have a very different kind of way of forming of relationship with with with artistry with audiences so yeah it was I think for us that was the that was the biggest challenge was understanding each Pearson is follow this way that that’s where this pretty funny like amazingly funny it’s been so nice you see refreshing actually have some more of that in hastin and there’s a big sort of open community that are not clicky so really it’s a brilliant space for it because people are really up for it [Applause] I was really inspired by people that are making it happen in the place that they grew up a lot of the time you can’t have conversations and she start conversations you know and I think somebody or some some platforms such nuclear’s on the block just has to jump off the diving board in a way and do it but I do think it’s really important and somebody fairly young and came up to me after the Hastings show and said that’s fantastic there’s all this work happening here and I really started to come here and see this and pretty exciting for me so the things like that I think are really important because if you don’t see yourself represented on stage not literally but if you don’t see possible spaces that you imagine you could be represented on stage then you don’t know you can be up there so I just think you think there’s a lot of talking that goes on in rooms and it’s really important just to do stuff as well so I think so for me Bradford Warren yeah that was like this is exactly it like getting so inspired by how other people do it we are at a little community and then we kind of form these little subtle eye communities in the spaces that we go to and give people an opportunity to just see something different I question their ideas about what performance or where performance can be when I first started making work I felt like like I’ve done loads of work stops today see like literally when I first start making things I was in all of this woman like she’s amazing and now I get to perform alongside there that’s

like yeah really really special it becomes really important for those people specifically you know I’m climbing up the queer and in my case the black and brown people who may never see themselves represented in programs that gets shown around here and I think about what I where I grew up and kind of worked that I find never saw people that looked like me in the shows that I was being brought to watch and when I did finally like after I kind of like made my own choices to like see things that I thought would where I feel like I’m so presented it changed my it actually changed my life and actually what made me want to be a choreographer whereas I’ve never seen that before I would have been I would have been doing something else with my life yeah and getting information from an audience who has never encountered my work before is it’s like such a pleasure I think it’s really important that whoever comes into contact with the work that’s being proposed on the store we’ve got official for people you feel like there’s no one else out there like them or winning when you grow up in a place where you feel like the kind of networks and support are there but not in the same way or the same caliber same infrastructure as in Brighton or London or any other kind of major queer centres funny [Laughter] [Laughter] see what really well like it’s hard to tell because all of the emotions that I go through and of performing sometimes eclipse like in the moment right after when when I leave and people are talking I’m like not there or sometimes just like not I don’t know where I’m at so I think it went well and I feel like there was a really nice vibe in the audience it’s always nice when an audience who you don’t know at all it’s like quite supportive it just felt like people were really there with the open gaze that I kind of open mind about what they were iffy I really appreciated that and I feel like the work that I was doing how to how to place in a role there those guys love Radford yeah really enjoyed it like it was buried a Maura bit blogged when they’re not one was shagging the habit first off I thought you were fantastic giving birth to the Brussels sprout and when she started speaking there she said something really profound I’ve not actually been 20 feet over this is really cool million join it I think like two years ago is very the worst in the country and I was like that is absolutely wild because I’ve lived in five different cities now and I think it’s the best one I’ve lived in so there’s something about that inherent racism that exists in the media and in the approach that people have to culture and trying to make things happen just feels like there’s a real even though it’s one of the most diverse cities I’ve lived and it feels like that diversity exceptional thank you so much we will be back whether you like or not we have contractual obligations so we put three quiz in the back yeah brief quiz in the Train let’s see Martis yeah and two apple pies yeah and a black coffee working with the cost of me quiz was amazing my name’s Rachel I think that all of us yeah really leaning in to our

distinctions in many ways was what made it a really exciting shirt people so genuinely excited to be performing with each other that was just that was so nice I’ve forgotten what your original question was it was very interesting to take a good but it quiz non apologetic but acquiesce to backbone so it was very white audience but at the same time what we had that we didn’t have too much in the other in the other context was a much older audience actually that that were so hungry for something different that was really nice it was I’m really glad we miss those people cuz I know that there’s a huge wave of and new generation queer kids who were hanging about wanting to know well and then we come across a lot of the minutes almost like you know we were saying before wow that was a little bit like and mocking it for them because we know like when we’re talking to them kind of like what they’re they’re trying to express I’m very passionate about young girls who feel like they’re maybe gay or anything other than straight to have all the people that they can kind of be around to inspire that next step of just coming out and and I just don’t feel that there’s anywhere modern you know or nice you know in terms of this type of activity in Blackpool it’s not real before so we know that those ticket sales are quite extraordinary and we’re really proud of it what has happened here just from trying to put this on is my radical to me awareness kind of holds both like non normative gender and sexuality but also the kind of like radical and transformative politics and I think that’s why it kind of felt so interesting being on tour in these places where there are definitely gay scenes in all the places we went to but I like especially I’m thinking Blackpool again definitely a gay scene was there necessarily a queer theme quite as much it’s really important to break into these of these things and go into the faces that you wouldn’t necessarily first think or don’t this has already come to mind immediately I grew up in Norfolk there was no visibly queer things at all it wasn’t until I went to London when I was 17 and like snuck into a party and sold only we’re performing for the first time did I realise that you could like perform as a queer person who could be this like this queer and like break down barriers and move through the the walls of categories of identity in this way and I never really ever got to see that model before and stuff like that I think it’s great and also as well is I think that it’s a it’s great for us to be able to come and see these places as well what’s been your favorite space so far Anna like I kind of liked Blackpool Ashley askew is like little like house yeah probably Blackpool I like that pool as well it’s a place that’s funny we had two really good my out had a good dance don’t much need it but what is there than a when you get right down to it yeah why of course it is a single point that moves forward fruit and it comes the new points with the memory of itself as the old appointments however it knows within this at some point it was one point undifferentiated point one with no worries and no cares but it fell from this Eden and now it’s prohibited from ever returning back there by the same knowledge that gives it the memory that it may travel forth through life so were seeing yeah I’m so pleased that I came to that the artists were great you know it was different you know I’ve never seen anything alternative like that before I was really pleased to see these artists come to Whitehall because we’re sort of well known for cabaret and variety but it’s very sort of traditional and it’s nice to sort of test people’s boundaries and to challenge people in some ways so it’s great that we’ve had the opportunity to see these artists but also for these artists to come and experience black boxes there’s nowhere else like it I thought was absolutely great I’ve just been saying to some of the other people that I know here today that it’s it’s such a good opportunity so diverse and one of these coastal towns I’m from here I have been for the past 20 years I’m in the creative

industry also so it’s really refreshing to see something that’s completely different to everything else that we kind of get here I mean there is a queer scene here but it’s kind of very much tailored to the aesthetic of the town it’s difficult really because you know I’m a queer artist in this town as well and I feel kind of under represented a lot of the time it was absolutely fantastic I was really looking forward to I thought it would be good for my commission the performances were outstanding it’s just so fantastic to see something so different here I mean they were unbelievable really really fantastic I’m actually really great to see someone local in there as well the thing is you guys Rumi says it’s not a task to seek love no our job is to find the walls that we’ve built to keep love out please love me it’s been a really nice way of touring the tour so many people it’s like having a big family just have a little bit of support network with you and I feel like that’s something really important when you go to different spaces because you never know how it’s going to be received but it’s yeah it’s been good to kind of experience that other yeah as a group this feels really nice to be like part of what is a really eclectic mix of work lots of kind of different styles and generationally and culturally you know yeah and one sort of like lots of different faces which I know I’ve never had an experience like that word been on a tour with artists whose work are all quite different but powerfully pushing both formal and like identitarian and aesthetic boundaries in the way that’s like productive and fruitful and interesting for audiences so it’s been really good interactions with people who were like wow like this is really great to see it made me kind of feel a bit like like oh that’s really important actually if people receive this collective nurse us as a collective also on race I think it was really important to see a show that is billed as nuclear’s on the block doesn’t actually mention race and racism or anything like that but has the majority of performers actually most of the shows that we were the majority putting on a show about winners yeah some people’s work was touching on race and was touching on all of these things but you know people wouldn’t necessarily have brought that assumption when they seen nuclear’s on the block and I think that’s really really important the kind of concepts the way we think about queer is very whitewashed a lot of times I think is very important that people could come and then be confronted with loads people of color doing amazing stuff I’m really honored to be on tour and with such amazing artists that inspire me so much being a possible the other artists being like innovators and we’re just like a massive group orgy afterwards because there’s a new quiz on the blog baby and that’s the way we roll last time I was on a training mission council that splits pressure on the auditory entrance this is focused in the courthouse this is the auditorium where the audience would say and we’ll be doing our shows on here you’re allowed to take up as much as you like a bit you should go in the audience well okay this is a potentially now I’ve got my potential

who’s the purple book it’s for a general color to represent where we are queer I was born again Christian and I probably would have been on the opposite side of this device I mean I’m really grateful that I had a change of heart and that I fell in love and that person just happened to be a woman and you know how look we’re you know how great is that and that you know we can go from town to town and say you can you know to spread the queer gospel you can be whoever you need to be and you could you could respect and love me for whoever I love even outside of the queerness it’s really made me think about community and also audiences experience of community because I think new quiz on the block it doesn’t just bring work it kind of brings a community and micro into community and I think that can be as important of people who maybe don’t have community as as can individual pieces of queerness is not like this NSS so pull or like elite bubble kind of ideology or law these or where like actual people with actual concerns and questions and believe it or not we also that also extends to art practice so it seems like quite basic but we’re proposing a kind of humanity or humanizing of the career subject that I think is important for everybody to see especially since the popular image of queerness or like the representations that we see are not the ones that actually highlight what it is to be a career person and we’re in today being queer as for myself being who you are just being real standing by yourself saying okay this is this is who I am and even when I’m square you might be queer you might be other but because of the love kind of inner reserve that maybe you’re standing with other when I say queer you know I’m thinking Maya Angelou you know I’m thinking of other people who are not like sexually queer but I just think people who have to take a stand they stand with me so I’m not alone here Franklin Lee is a small town and it’s the sort of place where you wouldn’t really expect to see any kind of established network of queer people making our or people waking performance out of any kind really so it’s actually quite surprising to find that there’s a really strong hub of artists that work there and to invite other people to come in and work as well in particular there’s a space called performance space with the people that are on performance space a fantastic artists and they’re really lovely people and they’re really radical I think anybody who’s considering making work or showing their work outside of like large metropolitan centers and big cities should really give it a look it’s like a really good connected space to get to the rest of Europe yeah I recommend it to anybody who’s considering somewhere outside of a big city to go and make queer performance work my experience that performance art is not particularly a queer one until very recently so I’m always very open to just see where people create new work like and I always kind of approach that with a very open mind as an audience member I think it’s probably really nice for them to watch it kind of takes them to different places and ask them to think of different things and it’s been really well received yeah yeah everyone I spoke to absolutely loved it and we’ve had loads of positive tweets Instagram post facebook comments you name it we’ve got it we have been tracing our little carcasses down the curve the Katrina tonight is the last night of our tours I think it’s the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this on the scale I was blown away about how good it was really good gonna come and analyze you and look and see if you’re dressed well if you look nice the only people that you talked to counted you where Eva not white yes I peek not white or you would say not really dressed or extremely good-looking like video exam I love that I am very interested yeah I love it

might really make you think like sounds and it’s already emotional and something so happy but yeah I love somebody touch me Brenda person I think they kind of Beverly wrapped up really interesting topics and like humor yeah really covered a lot the first thing I’ve ever it’s really good I really enjoyed it was amazing there’s so much talent so much fun yeah there’s quite heart-wrenching in places as well have some great moment folks is actually really good it’s got really good creative scene really bacon great community so yeah but come back please come back yeah since I saw the Marlboro was doing something down here I was like okay we’re seeing back from Blackpool the other day we listened to lots of Go button Oh a girl band playlist snow on my phone it is it oh yeah there you go he’s got sugar Bay Spice Girls make a make like really nice spice girl yeah I never heard sides and rarities if you call it up queer you should go out and buy spices third album caught forever new prison what Commission I felt like suddenly someone was saying okay so like we totally accept you for how you are now you can make a piece of work about it and that’s absolutely fine and for so long I’ve been kind of making stuff around that very in great abstract terms that I’ve gotten on the back foot or gotten quite defensive about including like aspects of my identity or aspects of my queerness in my work so when someone’s someone says like yeah no that’s absolutely fine you can do that it was like oh cool Barbara had been really generous in like keeping in touch with me and looking after me and they’re really excited about me making you work and have me a residency their third to come in and try some new ideas out so it’s nice to know that it didn’t just stop with one performance that I had in Frankston but it could potentially be something but is like you’re continuing I felt really cared for on this time you know just people willing to to take my hand and to to even just get me from backstage to onstage and I don’t know I think it’s some I feel like as a company we really try to care for each other I do I don’t know that I knew what to expect really before coming here like I know some of the artists that were going to be performing and some of them I didn’t know at all some of the mundo as people not as artists so it’s not been my expected because I had no idea what work people were gonna do make him and I have no idea of how it would fit together it really like works as a whole piece of work and also the people that we’ve met along the way I kind of didn’t expect to meet them the thing that I’ve been really proud of with this project is the kind of generosity of spirit but I think all of the different artist audiences organizations all the people involved in it have brought to it is that there’s a like genuine willingness and appetite to learn about how we might do this better next time how might see things differently and what we can all have learn from each other’s perspectives which i think is super important from where we started with this project and where we are now having finished the first tour looking ahead to the second one the main thing that’s changed is just our aims and our attitudes to what we’re doing as a project beforehand we we had this idea and I think it’s because we were misinformed we haven’t experienced what it’s like to perform in Hastings Radford Blackpool Folkston we’d visited these places and we’ve met with the partners but we’ve not put a show on and that experience is invaluable because having done that you connect with the people who are there you find out what they’re doing what they’re interested in the nights that are happening the support networks that are in place and all of these different places it’s not about us bringing the queer culture it’s about engaging with the fantastic people they’re doing their thing it’s about using this platform with the film and also the platform that the tour has to highlight to other artists across the UK and theatre makers and audiences that these that we’ve been to are really exciting places to go if you want to find and experience different cultures certainly was super for us to kind of look at what quick quarters already exists in the different places that we visited and kind of help us to embed ourselves in those communities and not just come in and expect for us to be providing something you know new and unique and special and also if we’re going to create queer networks and queer systems

of support as the country then we can’t just come in one night do a show and leave I think that’s antithetical to what we’re trying to do here so we’ve changed a little bit what we’re gonna do for the next leg of the tours and instead of just doing one so here and there we are creating working with local artists and the commissioned artists that we have already and our partners to ensure that we have a broader presence in the communities also that we embed ourselves even further and work with everyone there to sort of create systems of support for local queer artists as much as for national kind of based queer artist as well it was just so mad to see my spreadsheet turn into a thing like when people are just names in a column ten times and price isn’t it and everyone’s here invited and they’ve got the trains on time and they’re in the right place that’s like yes and I’m kind of exhausted from talking so much you need a little bit it was a good first day let’s end the session one this is Amelia right like I said a feel is in charge and does all the introductions and all that in betweens and at the end and it’s like I said it’s like the payara room yeah it’s somewhere between your moment of dominatrix which is a great word and if you can spell it I’ll give you 10 P do mi end on an ATR IX bitter baked em baked em make em eat em bake give me death big gamer say nothing after that probably not thank you enjoy the show

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