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1623 theatre company presents

OTHELLO'S SISTER

A new show in development, devised and performed by Lauren Nicole Whitter

Content warnings: racism, strong language.

Othello's Sister is a new piece of theatre inspired by the life experiences of Black British artist Lauren Nicole Whitter and her response to Shakespeare's Othello.

In this one-person show, Lauren plays both herself and a new character called Sherronlynetta, who has always lived in the shadow of her successful brother.

But now it's time for Sherronlynetta to tell her story. And for Lauren to discover hers.

Othello's Sister is devised and performed by Lauren Nicole Whitter.

This video - created by Film City - is from a scratch performance of Othello's Sister at The Maypole Theatre and Cafe Bar in Derby UK.

The show is in development, co-created in workshops with Black women in Derby and students from Sheffield Hallam University.

Earlier scratch performances of Othello's Sister have taken place at Black Theatre Showcase at Nottingham Playhouse, International Women's Day in Derby, China Plate's Pulse Festival at New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, and Off The Shelf Festival at Sheffield Hallam Performance Lab.

Follow @OthellosSister on Twitter for all the latest news

Othello's Sister is supported by

Arts Council EnglandDerby Theatre
Pulse FestivalSheffield Hallam UniversityQUAD


1623 theatre company presents

QUEER LADY M

A fabulous fusion of drag, autobiography and Shakespeare

Coming soon! Watch the full Queer Lady M show online, with captions available

It's time for Queer Lady M's cabaret!

Performed by Shane Gabriel (Funny Girls), Lady Macbeth comes to life like you've never experience before.

There's outrageous lip-syncing, cheeky dancing and sassy conversation as Queer Lady M invites you to enter her world of passion and shade.

But what happens when the show is over, when Shane removes the makeup and puts Lady M to bed? What stories will come to light as we're invited into Shane's twilight world?

Find out in 1623's funny and moving exploration of a unique relationship between a fierce drag queen and her anxious alter-ego who join forces to fight tragedy and celebrate queerness.

Queer Lady M brings together drag, devised performance and Shakespeare while exploring the real-life experiences of working-class, gender-fluid artist Shane Gabriel.

Follow @QueerLadyM on Twitter for all the latest news

The Queer Lady M team

SHANE GABRIEL performer | TIM HEYWOOD set and costume designer | REBECCA LEGG assistant director | CHRISTOPHER LYDON composer and producer | ADAM McCREADY sound designer | MICHAEL PINCHBECK dramaturgical support | LUCY J SKILBECK outside eyes | BEN SPILLER director | KITTY WINTER movement director

Thanks to Sarah Brigham from Derby Theatre, Michaela Butter and John Kirby from Attenborough Arts Centre, Lue Douthit from Play On! Shakespeare, Bill Rauch from Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and audiences at the scratches and previews for supporting the development of the show.

Queer Lady M is supported by

Arts Council EnglandAttenborough ArtsDerby Theatre
Derbyshire LGBTLeicester LGBT CentreQUAD

Queer Lady M


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