‘I was called faggot sixty times in public last year. Fifteen different men tried to follow me home. A woman told her child not to sit next to me on the tube. And I landed in the national papers after being thrown out of a TopShop changing room in Manchester.'
Hurled words. Thrown objects. Dodged burgers.
BURGERZ asks the questions: What does the trans body do in order to survive? And how can one become a protector, rather than a bystander?
Having carved out a place for themselves as one of the most prominent trans voices in the UK, Travis Alabanza presents a piece that is both timely and true to their style: both unsettling and powerful.
Travis Alabanza is an award-winning writer, performer and theatre maker. After being the youngest recipient of the Artist-in-Residency program at Tate Galleries, Alabanza’s debut show Burgerz toured internationally to sold-out performances in the Southbank Centre, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and HAU, Berlin, and won the Edinburgh Fringe Total Theatre Award. In 2020 their theatre show Overflow debuted at the Bush Theatre to widespread acclaim and later streamed online in over twenty countries. Their writing has appeared in the Guardian, VICE, gal-dem, and BBC Online, and they previously had a fortnightly column in the Metro. They have been published in numerous anthologies, including Black and Gay in the UK. Their work surrounding gender, trans identity, and race has garnered international recognition, and they have given talks at universities including Oxford, Harvard, Bristol, and more. Alok Vaid-Menonis an internationally acclaimed author, poet, comedian, and public speaker. They are the author of Femme in Public, Beyond the Gender Binary, and Your Wound/My Garden. They have appeared on Netflix’s Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness, and The Trans List.