Jamie Fletcher & Company and Contact present
A brilliant, moving and musical night out.
Full of compassion, honesty and humour, Dancing Bear explores the struggle between faith, sexuality and gender identity.
A multi-talented cast (featuring Divina De Campo) deftly flip between catchy pop tunes and dramatic storytelling to create a feast for the heart and head.
Dancing Bear is a dizzying cabaret of contradictions: glamorous and unflinching, hilarious and heart-breaking, deeply personal and uplifting.
Tue 6 & Wed 7 February, 8pm.
The Palace Theatre, Manchester
0844 871 7615
Fri 6 & Sat 7 April, 8pm.
Quarry Theatre (main space) at West Yorkshire Playhouse
Dancing Bear is a BSL interpreted show with integrated audio description.
★★★★★ Yorkshire Post
★★★★★ BBC Radio Leeds
★★★★ Reviews Hub
Dancing Bear originally previewed at Contact (Manchester) in February 2016 as part of Queer Contact Festival as well as a sell out performance at West Yorkshire Playhouse (Leeds) as part of LGBT History Month. The show will tour from February 2018 onwards.
Dancing Bear was originally commissioned by Contact and supported by West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre in the Mill, Yorkshire Dance, Live Art Bistro, LCI (Leeds Church Institute), Chritsian SeedBed Trust, chapelFM and Arts Council England.
The ‘Dancing Bear (Original Cast Recording)’ album is available to download online: www.jamiefletcherandcompany.bandcamp.com
I loved it. I kept waiting for it to define itself and then I realised…ha…it’s not going to…it is just being, in all its diverse, contradictory, glamorous, heartbreaking rawness and glory. It was a feast.
A fantastic mixture of laughter and tears. It deeply moved me.
It was excellent. I like to think of myself as open minded and understanding but it made me understand more fully people who identify as LGBTQ.
The BSL works beautifully. More of this in theatre!
The Dancing Bear Trilogy presentsThe Alphabet Club Anthology Book
Curated by Jamie Fletcher and published in partnership with the Leeds Big Bookend festival The Alphabet Club Anthology Book features a range of thoughts, perspectives and experiences around the themes of gender, sexuality and faith from over thirty contributors including human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, trans activist and artist Fox Fisher, psychotherapist Alex Drummond, baptist minister Revd Simon Hall, muslim drag queen Asifa Lahore, drag king Adam All, writer and storyteller Matthew Bellwood, playwrights Jo Clifford, Emma Adams and Kieran Hurley and many more.
Art as Activism: a compilation of articles, confessions, stories, songs, photographs, poetry, illustrations and artwork from different LGBTQQIAAP people.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Allies and Pansexual.
Or as I like to call it… The Alphabet Club.
The Alphabet Club Anthology Book is a unique queer exploration of gender, sexuality and faith.
– Peter Tatchell
The Alphabet Club Anthology book allowed me to have conversations with people who are normally on the other side of the cultural fence - people who I might normally avoid or find it hard to talk to or mistrust
– Jon Clark
Mike Williams – Lead dancer/Performer
Owen Farrow AKA Divina De Campo – Drag Queen/Dancer/Vocalist
Rachel Barnes – Cellist/Performer
Jim Muckelt – Guitarist/Drummer/Performer
Alex Marshall – Cellist/Performer
Sam Jackson – Double Bass/Bass Guitar/Performer
Ric Neale – Piano/Accordion/Vocalist/Performer
Jamie Fletcher – Guitarist/Drummer/Vocalist/Performer
Beccy Owen – Vocalist/Performer
Katie Fenwick – BSL interpreter/Performer
Direction & Concept by Jamie Fletcher
Writer – Beccy Owen
Dramaturg – Emma Adams
Choreography by Eleni Edipidi
Original Music by Jamie Fletcher, Beccy Owen & Ric Neale
Musical Direction by Ric Neale
Set Designer – Bethany Wells
Lighting Designer – Tim Skelly
Lighting Operator – Aly Howe
Sound Engineer – Craig Rothery
Stage Manager – Charlie Stanley
Originally commissioned by Contact
Supported by West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre in the Mill, Yorkshire Dance, Live Art Bistro, LCI (Leeds Church Institute), Christian SeedBed Trust, chapelFM and Arts Council England.
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