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NEXT: Edythe Woolley + Ilinca Radulian

4 - 5 Dec | Part of NEXT Festival

Edythe Woolley

FISHY | 7.30pm


FISHY is a show about plastic pollution. It is a fantastical queer imagining of a chemical landscape where life is evolving into surreal new forms.

From Edythe Woolley, winner of Man Up 2017, The Glory’s Drag King competition and performer at Buzzcut, SPILL and Camden People’s Theatre, is a playful and bizarre exploration of the effect plastic pollution will have on our world, our oceans and our bodies.


Made with Support From Arts Council England

Ilinca Radulian

LUCK OUT | 9pm

“I want to share your mouthful
I want to do all the things your lungs do so well
I’m gonna bed into you like a cat prance into a beanbag
Turn you inside out and lick you like a crisp packet”
– Every Other Freckle

Here is an invitation that can’t be made. Here is a conversation that can’t be started.

Watch us make it. Watch us start it.

Here is a line that can’t be crossed.

Watch us cross it.

“I found myself shouting out loud and giggling and wriggling in my seat in a way that felt unstoppable, unsettling and exciting.” Exeunt on First Draft of Roulette Player

Performer Joshua James
Director Ilinca Radulian
Dramaturg Christopher Brett Bailey
Sound Designer Josh Anio Grigg
Set and Video Designer Mikaela Liakata

Made with support from Arts Council England


Access tickets are priced at £13 and can be booked online. We offer free tickets for companions and these must be booked over the phone (020 3111 0570) or by emailing

About Edythe

Edythe Woolley is a performance artist who enjoys confusing glamor and beauty with the grotesque. Edythe fiercely reclaims the female form by embracing taboos and reveling in the secreting, illicit, open and transforming body. Edythe makes surreal and strikingly visceral images using the body as sculpture to create imagined landscapes and to challenge heteronormative narratives and repurpose them as queer ones.

In 2016 Edythe was commissioned by SPILL Festival’s National Platform to make a full length solo show, Did You Get That From Your Mother? described as “a calculated attack to the patriarchal construction of femininity.” This was developed and toured with support from the Arts Council England over a series of residencies and sharings at the Bike Shed Theatre, New River Studios, Live Art Bistro, The Marlborough Theatre, Buzzcut Festival and Camden People’s Theatre.

Edythe’s shorter performances and personas Lady Vagina and Manly Stanley circuit London’s queer club and art scenes. In 2017 Manly Stanley won Man Up, The Glory London’s Drag King competition. Manly “brilliantly subverts extreme masculinity” (The Guardian) and has performed at Pride, Duckie and The Chelsea Theatre, among other venues. In 2016 Manly toured New York performing at The Metropolitan Bar and Bushwig opening party. Here he met movie director Shelby Coley. Together they made a short documentary “Manley Stanley Takes New York” (shortlisted for Iris Film Festival 2017Audience Award for Best Women’s Short qFLIX Philadelphia)

Edythe’s other projects and collaborations have been selected for festivals and events including And What? Queer Arts Festival, Latitude Festival, National Theatre River Stage, Duckie Homosexualist Summer School and Glastonbury.

Before pursuing a solo career Edythe worked in ensemble theatre making. Edythe is a founding member of theatre company The Wardrobe Ensemble (Pick of the Fringe 2017, Stage Awards 2017, The Scotsman Fringe First Award 2017), who are recent associates of Complicité . With the Wardrobe Ensemble Edythe has devised and performed productions for the National Theatre, Soho Theatre and Bristol Old Vic.

Edythe is committed to low-fi DIY performance co-founding the performance art festival Low Stakes with Jack Ellis (2017). Edythe currently works with Steakhouse Live and has previously project managed Split Britches’ Unexploded Ordinance (The Barbican and Governor’s Island NYC (2016)), has worked with Bobby Baker as project assistant at Daily Life Ltd (2016) and interned with The Wooster Group NYC (2014).

About Ilinca

Ilinca went to Harvard and then came to London to study directing at Birkbeck. She worked with the Lyric Hammersmith on their Secret Theatre season and led their national tour. She worked with the Almeida Theatre as Resident Director on Hamlet and Mary Stuart and she’s now assisting on the transfer of Summer and Smoke.

She directed The Pillowman with a six foot tall glass cube, Faustus with ten gallons of paint per show, Fight Club with lots of shirtless men and Roulette Player with lots of smashed watermelons.