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First Drafts: Forge

12 July

Rachel Mars

In November 2014 the 100kg iron ‘welcome’ gate was nicked from Dachau concentration camp. It was found two years later in a garage in Norway. In the intervening period a replica was used. This is the first bash at a show about commemoration, reproductions and what kind of gigs welders get.




Rachel is a performer and writer. Her work interrogates the idiosyncratic cultural and political constructs that inform the way we operate together. Her latest projects have seen her collate the sex letters of famous dead writers, tackle the uses and abuses of humour, invite young girls to smash her dad’s reject pottery to bits with hammers and create pop-up choirs to sing songs about envy.

Her recent solo and collaborative shows Our Carnal Hearts, Story #1, The Way You Tell Them, and The Lady’s Not For Walking Like an Egyptian have toured the UK and visited the US, Canada and Australia.

In the past couple of years she made work with the support of The Royal Court, Ovalhouse, Fuel Theatre, The Wellcome Trust, Cambridge Junction, Playwright’s Workshop (Montreal) Asylum Residency and The Orchard Project (NY). With nat tarrab as Mars.tarrab she is the winner of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award  2017 for their new show ROLLER, and an Artist Fellow at Birkbeck University. She regularly features on BBC Radio’s ‘Pause for Thought’, in her guise as ‘Queer Jew’.