About A Queer Collision
Time hops through private and historical queer stories that are both funny and poignant. Against a backdrop of LGBTQIA+ social history, Stuart Waters and Willie Elliot take us on a journey through tales of mischief and misadventure using dance, spoken word and comedy.
Audio description has been embedded within the creative process, creating an experience that is resonant and accessible for those with and without visual impairment.
Premiered in Brighton Festival (2023), A Queer Collision is a transformative, cross-artform night out. Stuart and Willie are joined by cabaret artist Ebony Rose Dark and stilettos artist Rajan Das.
Audiences are welcome to experience a 30-minute pre-show exhibition, including video and art installations and captivating cabaret performances from Ebony Rose Dark and Rajan Das, all carefully curated to set the stage for a transformative experience.
About Stuart Waters
Stuart Waters is a dance and live art performance maker with 24 years' experience, devising and touring extensively. Stuart’s critically-acclaimed autobiographical work draws from intersectional lived experiences of queerness and neurodivergence. His practice is live, approaching space with a sense of disruption, bravery and mental health access, exploring diversity, inclusion and integration.
Stuart collaborates extensively, centralising disability-led practice, social activism and allyship; this approach underpins creative processes and participation projects.
He is an alumnus of Clore Inclusive Cultures and Unlimited. He has worked extensively in dance education, training and community settings in the UK and around the world.
Cast and Creatives
Created by Stuart Waters
Performers: Stuart Waters and Willie Elliot
Cabaret performers: Ebony Rose Dark and Rajan Das
Co-Direction: Stuart Waters and Tom Roden
Movement Direction: Anna Williams
Composer: Andy Pink
Lighting: Jim Pinchen
Re:Light: Sean Phillips
Executive Producer: Vicki Balaam
Producer for Tour: Tom Bevan and Lydia Wharf
Creative Producer and Rehearsal Director: Antonia Grove
Access and Project Management: Ben Morgan
Ebony Dark Rose’s Access Support: Ivy Dillon
A Queer Collision is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and commissioned by The Place. The work was developed through the FABRIC Create Residency programme 2022 with additional support from East Sussex Arts Partnership, South East Dance, Pavilion Dance South West and The Brighton Festival. The development of the show was first supported at Choreodrome and by Wellcome Collection.
Audio description is embedded in the main show and in the pre-show installations and performances. The whole will have a relaxed environment where audience members are free to leave and re-enter the spaces as they wish.
The full experience will be BSL interpreted.
Touch tours are offered an hour before the pre-show for those who desire a tactile experience of the space. These can be booked through the venue’s box office.
Therapeutic and charity support is present on the night - contributing to the creation of a safe space.