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E.M. Parry: Fag Ends // Fag Breaks

25 June 2021
7:30 pm
9:00 pm

Fag Ends // Fag Breaks lurks in the margins between performance, installation, seance, conversation, and queerly unravelling lecture, centred on acts of pointless care-giving, anonymous intimacy, and ritual flirtation.

Friday 25 June, 7.30 – 9pm. Part of The History Bois residency @ ONCA Barge. For Barge directions and accessibility information click here.

Join the artist E.M. Parry as they attempt to meet and share a smoke with the nameless dead. The work was originally conceived during lockdown and performed in an empty space for whatever ghosts might happen to drop by. Now Parry is inviting the living in…

Fag Ends // Fag Breaks is accompanied by A Lucky Resurrection – a live, improvised writing event by SL Grange who will be engaging in live writing on the windows of ONCA Barge’s upper deck, improvising text to create a poem, a seance, a deconstruction and a reconstruction of queer seventeenth century drag king and rebel trans*/dyke, Mary Frith aka Mal Cutpurse aka Mary Markham.


E.M. Parry is a trans-disciplinary artist working with, through & for the queer body, squinting at history, flirting with ghosts and the things that go bump in the margins. Transient and ephemeral, their work flickers between durational performance, kinetic sculpture, drag act and ritual, blurring the lines between artefact and event.

SL Grange is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer working mostly in live performance contexts with an eclectic background in poetry, theatre and art practice. Ess is currently undertaking a doctoral research project investigating improvisatory performance practices as an ethical way to meet the queer/unruly dead.



25 June 2021
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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