The ONCA Gallery will re-open this summer. In the meantime, our events remain online and our exhibitions are available to view online and in the Gallery window from outside. The ONCA Barge is now open on Friday mornings and for one-off events. See below for more information.
Political Drag: workshop with Leah Kirby AKA Cyro
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Political Drag with Leah Kirby AKA Cyro: creating art inciting change and incorporating non-Western performance techniques, Leah Kirby / Cyro explores socio-economic and political issues through non-traditional formats.
In this workshop, Cyro dissects their practice and techniques when it comes to building drag performance around the black trans experience: How to consider mental care when delving into art that centres ‘honouring your anger’ and voicing underrepresented narratives through queer art? This workshop will allow participants to begin making political drag through their own lens. Participants can bring something to use as a stimulus – this can be an object, material, picture… something that has significance or meaning to you. You will be building a piece with Cyro there to support and mentor you. This is about letting go of judgement, and allowing your experience and voice to come through in your art. If you have a device that has access to the internet please bring it with you, and something to write or take down notes with. We can’t wait to see you there!
Book through the Brighton Fringe website. Workshop places are limited. This workshop is for POC. It takes place in a wheelchair accessible space. There will be BSL interpretation.
Since graduating from the Soho Drag & Cabaret Lab, multi-disciplinary artist and performer Leah Kirby / Cyro has become a fixture and cult favourite on the queer cabaret and drag scene and beyond, performing their unique, powerful and political work at platforms including Bar Wotever, CRAMPS, Phantasmaglorious, Shakespeare’s Globe, Glastonbury and the Vaults Festival, where they headlined with their band Cyro & the Drag Tingz. Alongside performing, they teach and facilitate, co-host podcast We Three Queers, and are currently developing their first play as part of Soho Writers Lab.
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