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.
Dancing Bear is a BSL interpreted show with integrated audio description.
★★★★★ Yorkshire Post
★★★★★ BBC Radio Leeds
★★★★ Reviews Hub
Dancing Bear was performed at Leeds Playhouse and Contact in 2016 and again at Leeds Playhouse and at The Palace Theatre, Manchester in 2018.
Thank you to all the audiences and our supporters that came out to see the show. We were overwhelmed with the responses. For more information about future work by Jamie Fletcher & Company please visit www.facebook.com/JamieFletcherAndCompany
Dancing Bear originally previewed in space one (main space) at Contact, Manchester in February 2016 as part of Queer Contact Festival as well as a sell out performance in the Courtyard Theatre at Leeds Playhouse as part of LGBT History Month. A newer version of Dancing Bear went on to be premiered at The Palace Theatre, Manchester in February 2018 and in the Quarry Theatre (main space) at Leeds Playhouse in April 2018.
Dancing Bear was originally commissioned by Contact and supported by Leeds Playhouse, Theatre in the Mill, Yorkshire Dance, Live Art Bistro, LCI (Leeds Church Institute), Chritsian SeedBed Trust, chapelFM and Arts Council England.
Thank you to all our supporters and to everyone who came to see our show. We had an absolute blast performing for you and were blown away with all the responses to the show. To keep updated about future work by Jamie Fletcher & Company please visit www.facebook.com/JamieFletcherAndCompany
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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