I performed Gash Land chat show ‘Let’s Talk Abaht Gash’ live at Wotever World‘s Queer Experiments
Queer Experiments is a regular night of comedy, performance art and visuals: “Creating Chaos outside given Frames with and by London’s Leading Queer Artists”.
I am really glad that I was invited to perform at Queer Experiments on 24th June. I hadn’t been to one of these events before but am a big fan of Wotever World and the wonderful accepting and inclusive nature of their events.
The theme of the night was ‘Pride and Prejudice’, with a focus on Pride and where it is now as an event with roots in activism. I decided to perform ‘Let’s Talk Abaht Gash’ because it is a snapshot of the way I try to make impact with my work by being visible, confrontational, honest and proud. I wanted to introduce the audience – many of them fresh to my work – to the ethos of Gash Land and how I have chosen to improve things in my own way.
I hosted the 15 minute chat show as Glorious Leader of Gash Land, introducing my guests: the Minister of Rural Affairs (and Showing Off, and Horned Beast Whisperer) Benjamin Gordon Wilson and citizen Nisha Damji. We discussed important issues relating to the topic of ‘Avvin a Rayt Gudd Tyme All ‘Tyme’ like being “so sexy I shat mesen”, bans on legal highs and depiction of certain acts in UK Porn, and squeamish people. I used some cardboard signs with Gash Land phrases, showed some videos and handed out leaflets with more information about our cuntry.
There were varied performances by Out and Proud Diamond Group, Dan Glass, Baby Lame, Dean Atta and Nia. There were moving stories, entertaining stories and though-provoking stories. I think this was a well put-together alternative look at Pride, and I am happy that Gash Land was a part of this.
This performance felt like a challenge for me; I was very aware of the political nature of this particular Queer Experiments night and I wanted to make sure that the audience could engage with the work on this level. I was worried that people might not ‘get it’ but was really happy with the response on the night. People found it funny but also engaged with the ‘serious’ side of the work and its value in this context.