About A Queer Collision

4 Stars

An evening of community, visibility, honesty, and joyous togetherness.

Neurodiverse Review

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 and special guest Venetia Blind. The performance has BSL interpretation from BSL interpreter Karl Llorca.

Prior to the performance of A Queer Collision in the Theatre, you are invited to attend a pre-show exhibition, featuring video and art installations and captivating cabaret performances from Ebony and Rajan, all carefully curated to set the stage for a transformative experience.

  • Doors and exhibition open from 7pm.
  • Cabaret performances from 7.30pm
  • A Queer Collision from 8pm
  • Event ends 9.30pm
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

Conceived by Stuart Waters
Directed by Tom Roden
Devised by Stuart Waters, Tom Roden and Willie Elliot
Performers: Stuart Waters and Willie Elliott
Cabaret Artists: Ebony Rose Dark, Rajan Das, Venetia Blind
Movement Direction: Anna Williams
Composer: Andy Pink
Lighting Designer: Jim Pinchen
Executive Producer: Vicki Balaam
Producers: 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
BSL Interpreter (Sat 17 Feb): Karl Llorca

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.


Stuart Waters and the team welcome you to A Queer Collision. For a full access information, and more information about what to expect from the events and the performances, click here to download or view the Access Document here.

Audio description is embedded in the main show and in the pre-show installations and performances. The whole event is relaxed and audience members are free to leave and re-enter the spaces as they wish.

An Access Document containing images and text describing the venue and spaces, along with a description of what to expect across the whole evening will be emailed to ticket bookers in the lead up to the event.

Therapeutic and charity support is present on the night, contributing to the creation of a safer space.

The full experience will be BSL interpreted by Karl Llorca on Saturday 17 February. Seat numbers 15-20 (on the right hand side of the booking page) are best placed to watch the BSL interpreter duringA Queer Collision.

Blind and visually impaired audience members (and their companions) can book for a touch tour on Saturday 17 February. This will begin at 6.30 and last for 20 minutes. To book, please email boxoffice@theplace.org.uk with the subject line 'A Queer Collision Touch Tour'. Booking closes 2pm Friday 16 February.

A Queer CollisionKarl Llorca BSL Interpreter