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Beyond the Binary

Beyond the Binary

Performing Gender Then and Now

Beyond the Binary: Performing Gender Then and Now is a new collaborative research project running from March to September 2022.

We are bringing together students, public researchers, performance-makers and academics to undertake original research into historic music hall and pantomime archives. By doing this we aim to uncover and share new perspectives on performance and gender, both in the past and today.

We welcome participants from all backgrounds and from across the gender spectrum, including queer, gender-fluid and non-binary people. Our research team is made up of people working:

  • in the archives at the University of Kent, Canterbury;
  • remotely using online research archives.

We are currently looking for people to join both groups. To find out more and register your interest in joining click here.

The outcome of the project will be a creative public engagement programme exploring gender and performance. This programme will include:

  • a touring pop-up exhibition;
  • an interactive Hands-on-History workshop taking place at The Beaney; and
  • the development and premiere of a brand new performance, co-created with non-binary performers, the Lunatraktors and featuring comedian Mark Thomas. This will premiere at the Gulbenkian Arts Centre, Canterbury, on Thursday 29 September.