Playing with the Wrong Toys
Childishness, gender and performance are the hot topics Hester Chillingworth has chosen to close her residency at Chisenhale Dance Space. Playing With The Wrong Toys is set to be a myth-busting non-binary bonanza. Now we won't fool you, some deep shit is on the itinerary, so you'll be expected to bring your gender-neutral thinking caps with you. The lineup includes Hester's own piece, SHORTY, which looks at the role of the non-binary child by creating a deconstructed drag-child (mind already blown). Also putting her two cents in is Eilidh Macaskill, who'll be questioning how she might be protecting children from her own queerness in Gendersaurus Rex. This is some good stuff, and there's no chance you'll walk away from it less enlightened.
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