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Bird la Bird's Travelling Queer People's History Show *SOLD OUT*
15th February


Friday 15th February

Doors open 5.45pm

Event running time: 6pm - 7.15pm

Tickets: £5 / £3 Jerwood Gallery Members and volunteers

Age 16 + (occasional strong language)



To celebrate LGBT History Month this February, performance artist Bird la Bird brings her showcase of hidden histories beneath some of the UK’s best known museums and galleries to Hastings.

A revolutionary exploration of the deep queer past which may change the way you think about LGBTI history forever.

This box set worth of true stories squashed into a show bursts with information, insight, laughter and emotion.

Beginning in the vast prison which once stood on the site of Tate Britain, Bird lovingly traces the lives of queer prisoners spanning through centuries and across the British Empire. It decolonises LGBTI history by taking a inclusive, irreverent approach to the past.

This show is accessible in every sense of the word, with audio description, live captions * and a DIY punk attitude. As performed at Tate Britain. A simple, inexpensive paid bar will be available serving sparkling elderflower cordial and white wine. CASH ONLY

* For audience members who require captions for this performance, they will be available via handheld devices. Please let us know in advance if you plan to use this by emailing 


About Bird la Bird
Bird la Bird (she / her) is a queer femme performance artist who straddles history, comedy and working class politics. She has been described as a Queer Pearly Queen and a Haute Couture Fishwife. 

For the past seven years Bird la Bird has developed a series of performances interrogating the histories of Britain’s key cultural institutions, queering the chronicles and unpicking the layers of colonialism, class oppression, poverty and homophobia on which they were built. 

Her solo shows and group pieces have been presented at Tate, National Portrait Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Wallace Collection, LSE, Goldsmiths, Queer Fringe Festival, Flare at BFI, Dixon’s Place NYC and Theatre Brut Vienna. She has also been a guest lecturer at Goldsmiths, Leeds University, Manchester Metropolitan University and San Francisco Art Institute. 

She graces the cover of Femmes of Power by Del La Grace Volcano and has been a muse to Campbell X, Roxana Halls, Sadie Lee and Sarah Jane Moon.

Bird is a long-term associate artist with the Duckie collective, appearing in Copyright Christmas at the Barbican, Gay Shame and many other projects.


Conceived and Devised by Bird la Bird.
Direction and dramaturgy by Jan Willem van den Bosch
Featuring Liz Carr, Trixie and Adam Scott Rowley
Sound Design by Josh Anio Grigg
Costumier David Cabaret
Make up: Pat Grimm
Intersex adviser Valentino Vecchietti
Historical advisor EJ Scott
Audio description with Amelia Cavello and Michael Achtman
Captions by Mycleartext
Produced by Dan de la Motte
Executive producer Simon Casson

Portrait of Bird © Sarah Jane Moon


With support from Arts Council England and Duckie.

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