Working as an independent poet, artist and campaigner, I’m going to make the following happen in 2017 in Norwich.
A Very Queer Nazi Faust is an experimental participatory theatre project. It’s to celebrate 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, and to highlight the plight of disabled people under the current government.
You don’t need to be queer or disabled to take part, however disabled people are actively encouraged to take part.
In February, LGBT History Month, I’ll be putting up a Facebook page and calling out for participants and asking for donations in return for an email copy of the working script and notes. I’m currently unfunded, but that may change as the project moves forward. I will cut my cloth accordingly. Product placement opportunities abound. Speak to Lucifer!
I’m looking for people who want to get involved, directors, actors, singers, signers, dancers, magicians, choirs, flashmobs, umbrella holders, costume designers, comedians, scenery wavers, admin helpers, drag kings and queens, project assistants, film makers, whatever. The people who want to take part, and the skills they have, will help shape the performance. But to be clear, February will all be done by me from home online.
Assuming enough people want to come and play, I intend to hold auditions and workshops during Dandifest, (last week of April/first week of May) somewhere in central Norwich. This will be a chance to see what talents we have and how best to use them. Some action may be filmed, some sound recorded. Costumes and props considered. A work-in-progress performance of sorts might take place.
Individual parts will be rehearsed and polished, with a view to a performance during Norwich Pride. This could be during the Pride Without Prejudice art show, 15-29 July, on Pride day 29 July, or just after. Or all 3.
All performances will be filmed. Action played out in front of Pride crowds will be filmed. Pride-goers will be encouraged to film Faust performers out on the day. A film version of A Very Queer Nazi Faust will be edited and available for a community viewing by the end of 2017.
This is my chosen project for 2017 and I intend to make it fabulous, fun, and memorable. Questions or suggestions most welcome.