• Book Launch in Leeds

    Posted on May 4, 2011 by in News and Events

    You are warmly invited to a special event about gender identity, female-to-male drag and transgender performance:

    Sex, Drag, and Male Roles
    Thursday 5th May, 5.30pm, @ Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds
    Featuring short performances by:
    Diane Torr – performance artist and “Godfather of drag kings”
    Joey Hateley – Gender Joker and Artistic Director of TransAction Theatre Co.
    And a discussion with colleagues from the School of English including:
    Prof. Stephen Bottoms, Dr. Helen Iball, Dr. Jay Prosser

    This event celebrates the recent publication of Sex, Drag, and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance, by Diane Torr and Stephen Bottoms (University of Michigan Press). The book documents Torr’s pioneering work in gender-crossing performance experiments, contextualizing them against the backdrop of the alternative New York arts scene from the 1970s to the 2000s, and against a wider history of emerging feminist, queer, and transgender arts and activism. Torr’s Drag King Workshop (now the “Man for a Day” workshop), started in New York in 1990 and has since been taught all over the world, enabling thousands of women from all kinds of backgrounds to experiment with passing as male in everyday life, as well as creating theatricalized character roles.

    Special guest Joey Hateley, based in Manchester, is one of the UK’s leading transgender artists, described by Peggy Shaw (Split Britches) as “a very talented performer…the most willing I have ever met to put their body on the line.” He will present highlights from his multi-genre theatre-cabaret piece, The Gender Joker Show.

    The discussion event will look back while also looking forward, considering the current state of play (and playfulness) around gender identity and its expression through the arts.

    Helen Iball is Lecturer in Theatre Studies, and author of the forthcoming monograph Theatre Personal: audiences with intimacy 1990-2010, as well as studies on Sarah Kane, Bobby Baker, and Howard Barker.

    Jay Prosser is Reader in Humanities, and author of books including Second Skins: The Body Narratives of Transsexuality (1998) and Light in the Dark Room: Photography and Loss (2004).

    Followed by wine and book signing.

    All welcome. Admission free. Please be aware that seating is limited so it’s first come first served.

    Workshop Theatre is the second building on the left after you enter the main gates of the University of Leeds, off Woodhouse Lane.

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