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Drag, horny bulls and smashed gender stereotypes: what to see at Come As You Are fest

‘Bullish’ at Camden People’s Theatre
© Field & McGlynn ‘Bullish’ at Camden People’s Theatre

This month, Camden People’s Theatre are hosting a bold new festival of shows that explore gender non-conformity and LGBT+ life, beyond the clichés. Think terrifying drag queens, sharp looks at queer history and bullish stampedes through the labyrinth of masculinity. Here’s our pick of the fest

Bullish
This fierce cabaret odyssey is inspired by the legendary Minotaur. Milk Presents follow their hit show ‘Joan’ with a look at masculinity in all its labyrinthine glory. Four trans and gender-fluid artists will strut, joke and sing their way through a modern-day myth.
Until Sep 30.

The Fems
Bedraggled wigs. Foul mouths. Make-up straight out of ‘It’. These are drag queens plucked from your worst nightmares. This unholy troupe will skewer sexist stereotypes in a series of hyperactive sketches.
Sat Sep 16.

Non-Binary Electro Hour
The Glory stalwart Ray Filar hosts an electro-punk history of drag at its most subversive, from Victorian-era music hall stars to today’s trans cabaret scene.
Thu Sep 21.

Shorty
‘Sit down.’ ‘Shut up.’ ‘Use the right toilets.’ This show is about a kid who doesn’t play by the rules. Hester Chillingworth drags up as a primary school misfit in this messy, moving exploration of childhood.
Fri Sep 22.

Journey from Man to Woman
Snails can change their sex. So why shouldn’t humans? Mamoru Iriguchi trained as a zoologist, and mixes animal know-how with DIY cinema techniques to create a witty, surreal exploration of queer identity.
Sat Sep 23.

Come As You Are’ festival is at Camden People’s Theatre until September 30. £12-£20 per show.

For more on London’s hottest queer performances, check out Time Out’s list of LGBT+ theatre. Or to discover this month’s best new shows, browse our latest theatre reviews.

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