Dennis Queen & Pony Star. Photo: Damien Frost

AN ORAL HISTORY & COLLABORATIVE

STORYTELLING PROJECT

AN ORAL HISTORY & COLLABORATIVE

STORYTELLING PROJECT

      Dennis Queen & Pony Star. Photo: Damien Frost

Fierce, intimate oral histories, collaborative stories, D.I.Y. research and interviews from people at the intersection of several kinds of marginalisation. Those of us who are disabled, queer, kinky, sex workers, survivors. Much political action (of all kinds) comes from the power of survival.

Resilient and resisting stems from my personal experience of these brutal years of austerity. Feeling incredibly isolated, I sought to place those experiences in their political context. I became aware that I was not alone, many others were experiencing stigma and resisting their conditions. Complex stories of overlapping struggles that often go untold, or when others write about us, are sensationalised and sanitised.

The objective is to build a constellation of material which shows commonalities and gaps, a resource where strength and visibility can lessen isolation. Where there is a possibility to gain a better understanding of both what connects and divides us. A space for stories, D.I.Y. history training, and access to museums and archives where historical accounts of similar struggles are kept.

~ Jet Moon

Events

COME TOGETHER

Resilient and Resisting invite you to our Finale event, a day long take over at Arcola theatre, 24 Ashwin street Dalston. 

Join us for an extravaganza of resistance.

Featuring contributions from radical history archives, the voices of direct action groups, and of course our own stories of fighting stigma and creating social change, these are fierce, intimate oral histories, collaborative stories, D.I.Y research and interviews from people at the intersection of several kinds of marginalisation.

For those of us who are disabled, queer, kinky, sex workers, survivors, much political action (of all kinds) comes from the power of survival.

Starting at 12pm with The Travelling Archive, 2pm Direct Action Groups panel discussion, 4pm food, 

6pm Grand Performance.

Travelling archive: Bishopsgate Institute and the MayDay Rooms bring the archive to you. Peruse and discuss artefacts and articles of radical history, Workshop on DIY documentation. 

Panel discussion: Direct action, fighting stigma and making social change, featuring speakers from: The Renters Union, Xtalk, English Collective of Prostitutes, Trans Liberation Assembly….and more tbc

FOOD – because we have to keep our strength up!

Evening performance/reading – stories of Resilience and resistance! With swoosh, glitter and song. Performance will be captioned.  This is a Free Event, although ticketing may apply to evening performance due to limited capacity seating.

Sexy intimate stories of becoming, persistence and survival. Critiquing work, asking questions about HOW and why. Elder histories, lion taming, transnational travels, migration stories. All Cats Are Beautiful. How we get by! Who gets to be respectable? Pride and prejudice. Tickets to the straight world, transactions along the way, stretching the rubber band of gender, Being who we ARE. Coming together. 

FREE ZINE, so you can read along.

Exhibition of the posters created from the stories on show: Arcola Foyer. 

Arcola Participation is Arcola’s community, talent development, youth and programme. We are committed to challenging assumptions around who theatre belongs to and who has a right to speak, while providing opportunities to learn, train and perform under the guidance of world-class artists. We aim to deliver high quality productions that resonate both locally and globally, whilst maintaining Arcola’s welcoming and inclusive ethos.

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Stories

Stories from people at the intersection of several kinds of marginalisation: those of us who are disabled, queer, kinky, sex workers, survivors. Many of us are resisting, resilient. Much political action (of all kinds) comes from the power of survival.

What we do

Heritage

The heritage of stigma and social change: while experiencing a loss of legal protections, cuts to services, and a rise in targeted violence, we also have a rich social and cultural heritage and history of activism and community building.

Training

Training in techniques for collecting oral histories & personal stories to document them on our own terms and political context. Broadening understanding, building links between groups, providing access to historical material, bringing this heritage into archives and museums.

 

Our Blog

Welcome

The stories that will appear here over the next months often speak about invisible lives and work. So it has been with the process of preparation: long months of research, working within the limits of illness, finding ways to begin. In forming...

Call for Participation

Over the next 10 months, ‘Resilient and Resisting’ will be holding a number of events, workshops, group discussions, and investigative visits to archives. If you have lived experience at any intersection of: queer, kink, sex work, survivorship, or...

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