Welcome to the desert. The London lesbian scene. A couple of little sad old basements that drip with sweat and piss. We sit, listening to second-hand pulsating noise coming from some gay boy night upstairs. And it’s a Wednesday. And it’s a night called the ‘Clam Jam’. Can you imagine being straight and going to a night called the ‘Cock and Hole’?
The women in black. The best tables are marked theirs by a crowd of empty prosecco bottles. They sit there in their uniformed black, a deep rich black only lots of money can buy… and they are looking at you.
They are not nice girls. But this is not a nice story.
For the last month or so, I have been working as an assistant stage manager for Damsel Productions’ Grotty, by Izzy Tennyson. Props sourcing for this show has proved to be a daily source of amusement with my eBay recommended emails causing me to choke on my cereal in a morning due to titles such as ‘Amazing Female Mouth Stuffed Silicone Ball Gag Toy For Lover Bed Restraints’ becoming a regular occurrence in my inbox. You can find out more about my role on Grotty by viewing my portfolio entry.
Damsel Productions are an all-female theatre company led by Hannah Hauer-King (Artistic Director) and Kitty Wordsworth (Executive Producer), presenting works by women alongside a kickass team of female production teams and creatives. They are a resident company at the Bunker Theatre in London Bridge, a former abandoned, underground carpark on Southwark Street.
Whilst stories about gay men in the arts are becoming increasingly accepted, there is still a massive imbalance in the representation of stories about queer women in theatre. Grotty exposes a dark side to the East London lesbian community exploring substance abuse, brutal relationships and salacious gossip through the eyes of Rigby, a newcomer on the lesbian scene, whose journey leads to some hilarious and shocking consequences.
Grotty is being performed at the Bunker from the 1st – 26th May.
Previews take place on the 1st and 2nd May, tickets for these are £12 each.
At the Bunker, for each performance (excluding previews), there are ten £10 tickets available for U30s.
There are also concessionary tickets available for £15 for the disabled, students, over 65s etc. Standard tickets cost £19.50.
Rigby Izzy Tennyson
Witch/Elliot Grace Chilton
Toad/Kate Rebekah Hinds
Josie/Natty/Dr Alexandra Anita-Joy Uwajeh
Featuring Clare Gollop
53a Southwark Street
020 7234 0486