Homotopia teaches ‘queer’ family values

LGBT arts festival in Liverpool, England, features packed program of performance, exhibitions, film and debate

Homotopia teaches ‘queer’ family values
16 October 2012

Returning for its ninth year, Homotopia rampages across Liverpool this fall presenting visual arts, performance, film and debate that reflects the non-heterosexual experience.

The UK gay arts festival theme this year is Traditional Family Values and encompasses over 35 events including new commissions and world premieres that celebrate, interrogate and explore ‘the family’ in all its queer diversity.

One of the highlights of the event will be Council House Movie Star – an immersive live arts installation exploring themes of ageing and the non-heterosexual experience, created by former contemporary dancer Mark Edward.

It captures the weird, wonderful and darkly comic aspects of the everyday life of Gale Force, an ageing drag queen and failed child star of OMO Washing Powder commercials, in her run-down council house.

From 30 October to 11 November, audiences will enter Gale’s council house built inside former industrial space Camp and Furnace. The house will be inhabited by Gale Force, her social worker Dawn Patrol, friends Donna Rhea and Chris D’Bray and other family members.

An accompanying gallery exhibition will feature 7ft fine art paintings of Gale Force created over the last two years by north-west artist Pete Bennett. A further space will show a 30-minute film, Council House Movie Star, on continuous loop to audiences sat on lavatories.

Describing this year’s festival, which runs from 30 October to 25 November, Homotopia director Gary Everett said: ‘Politicians and religious leaders continue to attack gay and trans peoples’ human rights at home and abroad making festivals like Homotopia ever more pertinent.

‘We present this cornucopia of controversial, camp and colourful culture as a proud demonstration of the rich wealth of talent that exists within our queer family.’

For full listings and information on all the events at this year’s Homotopia festival, click here.

Watch below previews of ‘drag fabulist’ Dickie Beau’s exploration of the pain and madness of stardom using rare ‘found’ audio of Marilyn Monroe and Andrew Logan’s Welcome to My World exhibition:

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