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NOW 20 | WEEK 4

11-15 February


Idol // 7.30pm

Who would you rather pray to? Beyoncé or white Jesus?

Artist Jamal Gerald grew up in a Catholic Caribbean household, but would rather worship celebrities than white saints. Using African diasporic rituals, music and storytelling, join Jamal on an unapologetic examination of religion, pop culture and Black representation.

Featuring a host of celebrity appearances.  

16+ | This performance contains strong language, sexual references and full nudity.
Musician/Performer: Pariss Elektra
Musician/Performer: Azizi Cole
Dramaturge: Maddy Costa
Outside Eye: Rachael Young
Movement Director: Akeim Toussaint Buck
Stage and Lighting Design: Ben Pacey
Costume: Hannah Wilson
Ritual Consultant: Christella Litras
Stage Manager: Charlotte Woods
Production Manager: Helen Mugridge
Producer: Transform
A Jamal Gerald, Transform and Theatre in the Mill co-production. Seed commissioned by hÅb, STUN and Contact for Works Ahead. Supported by Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council and using public funding from National Lottery through Arts Council England.



Sensitive Plumbing // 9.10pm

The Loop-the-Loop is leaking
Merry-go-round again and again
Slip ‘n’ Slide into a post-apocalypse fantasy filled with queer dyke sentiments 

Co-founder of The Wardrobe Ensemble and renowned Drag King Edythe Woolley returns to The Yard to unearth the (queer) Greek myth of Diana and Arethusa, taking it into the future. Watch a post-apocalyptic story about violence and war being replaced by queer love and radical kindness. 

Hold on tight, we’re splashing into the beautiful aftermath of capitalism’s gross excess.

This performance contains strobe lighting and some nudity.
Directed by Edythe Woolley
Performers: Tallulah Haddon, Claudia Palazzo, Symoné
Sound Design: Lucy Lie
Set Design: Erin Tse
Lighting Design: Jo Palmer
Outside Eye: Florence Peake
Movement Consultancy: Miranda Cromwell
Assistant Director: Katayoun Jalili
Producing Consultancy: Cat Harrison
Stage Manager: Sorcha Stott-Strzla
Project Manager: Ruby Glaskin
Devised by Edythe Woolley and Tallulah Haddon with Claudia Palazzo & Rachael Young. With special thanks to Florence Peak, Moa Johansson, Katayoun Jalili, Temi Wilkey, Helena Middleton, Emily Greenslade for their creative input.
Commissioned by The Yard Theatre, supported by Arts Council England, Shoreditch Town Hall, Queen Mary University


Access tickets are priced at £17 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


Double bill tickets are priced at £20 / £17 concessions. If you buy tickets for two or more double bills, then you get 20% off every ticket. And if you buy a festival pass, you can see every double bill in NOW for £60 (that’s £6 per show).

Locals can get 30% off all tickets (and 10% off at the bar) with a free Yard Local Card – sign up online.

U26s can get £5 tickets on the door to all performances that are not sold out with #NoEmptySeats.

NOW Lates: Earwax

Alongside these shows, we have a feast of diverse late-night music and events in NOW Lates every Thursday to keep you dancing til the early hours.

About Jamal Gerald

Jamal Gerald is an artist based in Leeds. His
work is conversational, socially conscious, a
celebration of individuality and focuses on
identity and lived experiences. Mostly making
the type of work that he wants to see, with the
aim of taking up space as a Black queer person.

Jamal Gerald is
intensely, fiercely
himself on stage.” –


About Edythe E Woolley

Edythe is an interdisciplinary artist working across performance, theatre and sculpture. Edythe is currently studying at Bard College NY receiving a Masters in Fine Art.

Edythe creates dreamlike, visceral and playfully political performances. Described as “surreal and sassy as f*ck” (Great SEXpectations) they foreground queer feminist narratives in relation to our present ecological turmoil. Edythe has created two solo theatre shows supported by public funding from Arts Council England; Did You Get That From Your Mother and FISHY. Both toured the UK performing at venues and festivals such as SPILL Festival, Buzzcut Festival, Camden People’s Theatre, NEXT Festival The Yard, Steakhouse Live Festival and The Cube Bristol.

Edythe performs on the queer club scene as drag persona Manly Stanley. The Guardian writes “ [he] brilliantly subverts extreme masculinity.” Stanley was the focus of award winning documentary Manly Stanley Takes New York (Shortlisted Iris Prize Cardiff, Audience Award Women’s Best Short Philadelphia QFlix) and has performed at Duckie, Brighton Pride, Latitude Festival, The Chelsea Theatre, And What Queer Arts’ Festival, SHOUT Festival, Knickerbocker, The Glory, Metropolitan Bar NYC and Bushwig Opening Party NYC among other festivals and venues.

In 2011, Edythe co-founded devised theatre company The Wardrobe Ensemble (The National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic). Edythe has performed and devised extensively with TWE among other devised theatre companies.