In the lead up to the European referendum, award-winning artist Scottee travelled across England to interview LGBTQI people angered by mainstream politics.
Putting Words in Your Mouth explores notions of belonging, identity and the legacy of Thatcherism, challenging what it means to be British and queer in 2016.
In his bold directorial debut, Scottee turns observer, examining his ongoing fascination with society’s shortcomings, and focusing on the sometimes difficult views of others. He’s also cast exceptional performers: Lasana Shabazz and Travis Alabanza
Scottee is an artist from London, his work is often about outsiderness; race, sexuality, class, age and gender. His work has been performed in Australia, Asia, Europe and America. In London, his projects have been presented at the Barbican, Royal Opera House, Tate Britain, Roundhouse, ICA and Southbank Centre amongst many others.
In 2010 Scottee won the title of Time Out Performer of the Year, his debut solo tour, The Worst of Scottee won Total Theatre Award for Innovation in 2013. In 2015 Scottee was included on Independent’s Rainbow List as one of Britain’s most influential LGBTQI+ people. He is currently an associate artist at the Roundhouse and with performance company Duckie.
Scottee is a co-host on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends; in 2015 his debut radio documentary, My Big Fat Documentary was made BBC Radio 4’s Documentary of the Week. He also writes a weekly column for Vice’s i-D channel.
About The Cast:
Lasana Shabazz is a London-based performance artist and writer. He trained at Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh) in acting and performance before completing a yearlong arts residency with MC Theater (Amsterdam). Last year he premiered his one man show, Minstrels with Hackney Showroom, Vogue Fabrics and Limewharf. He also performs with Duckie, Southbank, the V&A and various other arts venues and organisations.
Before Putting Words in your Mouth he will be in New York completing his second international arts residency with City Bird Gallery.
Travis Alabanza is a transfemme performance artist and writer from London using performance, poetry, soundscape, projection and theatrics to create confrontational art. Recently their one person show Stories of a Queer Brown Muddy Kid travelled to Keble Arts Festival, Oxford Queer Week, Hackney Attic, Royal Vauxhall Tavern and Housman’s bookstore. Their work has also been shown at Tate Britain, Glasgow International Festival, Hamburg International Feminist Festival and has been published in Black and Gay In The UK, Black Girl Dangerous, Not Trans Enough and Beyond the Binary.
Putting Words in Your Mouth at the Roundhouse runs from 22 November to 3 December 2016 followed by a regional and international tour in early 2017.
It is commissioned by Roundhouse, supported by Arts Council England.
Age guidance: 16+ – content may cause offence
For further information go to the Roundhouse website