About the Artists
Produced Moon are a performance company making interactive theatre that is political, vibrant and engages with local communities. It exists as a collaboration between Melanie Frances, and Leonie Rae Gasson; they are based between London and Glasgow. They create adventures, interventions, performances and installations.
Their first productions The Hawke Papers and Eden Gate were Edinburgh Fringe complete sellouts and in their latest project Electric they created interactive games and installations with young people from Platform, Glasgow. They are guided by a desire to make work that is live and responsive.
They are Associate Artists at Platform Glasgow and Accelerator Artists with Boundless Theatre.
MANIFEST will be delivered in collaboration with Elsabet Yonas and Lauren Steele. Elsabet is a choreographer, performer and teacher – an artist with a passion for storytelling. Lauren is a drag king, choreographer and cabaret artist, performing regularly as Thrustin’ Limbersnake with drag king troupe Pecs.
MANIFEST is a vital and visceral public performance exploring gender, power and public space.
MANIFEST will use drag and movement to create a public intervention, challenging and critiquing the way public spaces work now, and celebrating how they could be different.
Melanie was inspired by this commission because of her relationship with Westway Sports & Fitness Centre for many years, where she was one of the only young women present; ‘I wasn’t expected in that space and without the permission of the club I wouldn’t have felt welcome there’. Her project is a collaboration with her creative partner Leonie Rae Gasson (Produced Moon), drag king Thrustin Limbersnake and choreographer Elsabet Yonas.
MANIFEST is being developed by Produced Moon, movement artist Elsabet Yonas, drag artist Lauren Steele and local young women and non-binary people who identify as LGBTQI+ and allies over February and March. Through workshops we will explore our experiences of public space, and imagine how public space could be different, working to create a performance that practically manifests this. We create the world we want to see.
Please join us for an early sharing of this powerful, provocative and playful public performance, followed by a discussion exploring key themes and responses with the artists and young people involved. Following the short performance, we will walk over to the nearby Venture Centre for discussion and reflection on the work, including sharings from participants and exploration of process.
The discussion will be BSL interpreted.
The project is supported by a Westway Trust Artist Commission and Arts Council England.