If you’re looking for something a little different to keep you entertained over the weekend, how does one of Malta’s first Drag King performances sound to you?
The popular production JOAN, which had a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival will be coming to Malta for three nights only from the 25th to the 27th of May. The show will star the original actress, Lucy Jane Parkinson, who plays the iconic Joan of Arc.
Brought over by Drachma and Milk Presents, the show promises to be packed with guys and heart, that will inspire conviction, courage and hope in all those watching.
To continue adding to the excitement around the play, three workshops will also accompany the show. Organised by Milk Presents, the workshops will invite people to push their boundaries and broaden their perspective.
The first workshop, titled ‘Queer Theory in Performance’, will question how society defines ‘queer’. “How can you queer a space, an object or a body?” asks Joan’s director Lucy J Skilbeck. “So, using devising techniques, theory and discussion, this practical workshop will explore queerness and performance.” It is a workshop that primarily targets creatives interested in LGBTQ+ communities, and it will be held on Thursday 24 May at 7pm.
The second workshop hopes to attract a wider audience, and is open to anyone above the age of 14. Titled ‘Build Your Own Drag King’, it will discover how drag performance can be used to explore history, faith and identity, and will be led by Skilbeck and Drag King Lucy Jane Parkinson aka LoUis CYfer. “This playful workshop leads you through the basics of creating your very own male persona- complete with make up, costume and (optional) swagger…” the director says. This workshop will be held on Saturday 26 May at 10am.
Finally, the third workshop explores what a post-gender utopia might look like. “Imagine a
world free from pinks and blues,” Skilbeck goes on to say. “In this workshop – entitled ‘Post-Gender’ – we explore exactly that, and invite fellow gender anarchists to explore gender and identity, asking big questions about the world, and answering them through theatre and performance. It is a workshop that targets trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming and queer communities, and it will be held on Saturday 26 May at 2.30pm.”
All of the workshops are free, although advanced booking is required. To book head over to the Spazju Kreattiv website.
JOAN will be in Malta on the 25th to the 27th May at 8pm. Tickets start at €12 and are available from www.spazjukreattiv.com. JOAN is also supported by Arts Council Malta – Creative Communities.