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Mother's Ruin is Curious

An evening that celebrates LGBTQ culture to bring the best in queer regional performance.

A sensational, cabaret-style alternative variety night celebrating and featuring the cream of emerging and established queer regional performance. Hosted by your glamorous eco-warrior hirsute hostess Timberlina, and featuring: the dead-pan funny Fat Roland; Newcastle's Pam Ayres' on Prozac Ginger Johnson; and the raw physicality of a world dance piece entitled 'A Blighted Life' by Gavin Coward; as well as short performances from emerging local LGBTQ artists.

'Live performance doesn't get any more queer than this' Time Out Manchester

'Entertaining, hilarious and astute' Vada Magazine

Co-produced by Mother's Ruin and curious.

Part of curious LGBTQ Arts Festival 2017.

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Charlotte Victoria Furness

The dark, self deprecating, delicious anti-diva Charlotte Victoria Furness strays into the realms of fascinating discomfort with wit, warmth and genuine charm through her songs of unrequited love and sorrow and sweet revenge.

'A mix of Victoria Wood, Sarah Millican, and Morrissey' Reviews Hub

Fat Roland 

Short story writer, blogger and performer mixes loose narrative with "superb audience interaction" and "excellent improvisation" (Broadway Baby). Current champion of Literary Death Match Manchester, his live literature event Bad Language was voted the UK's best spoken word night two years in a row. When he's not appearing in anthologies such as Word Life and A Box Of Stars Underneath The Bed, he's recently been waggling cartoons of pandas at the likes of the Royal Exchange, Transition Festival and FC United. As the poster said for his second Edinburgh Fringe show in 2016: 'Imagine Johnny Vegas devouring Sam Simmons... on a rollercoaster.... driven by a depressed buffalo.'

Ginger Johnson

Live artist, performance poet, and nightclub ne'er-do-well Ginger Johnson comes to you direct from Newcastle, with her own brand of outlandish existentialism. Expect songs, swearing, and a hefty dose of showing-off.


Producing and performing professionally across the heritage and creative sectors for the last 10 years. Their work challenges the status quo around accepted norms of of LGBTQ and ecological narratives, especially in the context of community, social and cultural history. They create informal, informative and hilarious events that disrupt the daily routine, spread warmth and engage all audiences and any venue from domestic kitchens to national institutions.

A Blighted Life

Directed and choreographed by Gavin Coward. this is a concoction of world dance, raw physicality and fleeting commentary. Exploring contrasts in attitudes towards homosexuality from around the globe.

Performed by Gavin Coward, Alicia Meehan and Patrick Ziza.


Aether is a Newcastle upon Tyne-based three-piece spanning cello, piano, vocals and violin. Merging influences from contemporary classical, Eastern European folk, celtic, medieval, art-song and music for visual performance, Aether offers 'an extraordinary suite of songs that live up amongst the clouds' (The Crack). Following a year of theatre score, festival, and film soundtrack commissions as well as collaborations with puppeteers, circus artists and dance companies, this unique ensemble of musicians now look towards their first studio album to be released in late 2017.


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Thu 6 Jul


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14+ (14-17 yrs to be accompanied by an adult)