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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Becoming Electra: One-Woman Drag Show Explores A Queer Jewish Girl Finding Her Voice @ Komedia Brighton

At a time when LGBTQ+ education in schools is being protested; when the scourge of anti-Semitism is rearing its head on the political left as well as the right; Jewish graves desecrated with swastikas and religious and queer people are attacked in their community spaces – Becoming Electra presents an uplifting, challenging and hopeful story of a proud, queer Jewish girl finding her voice.

Guy Woolf is coming to Komedia Brightonthis December, in Isla van Tricht's new one woman show, to explore the origin story of his Jewish, queer, drag alter-ego Electra Cute, best known as one-fifth of critically acclaimed pop supergroup Denim. 

Featuring songs and comic but storytelling the show explores what happens when Jewish and queer cultures collide.

This story chimes with minority communities in discussions around gender, identity, faith and sexuality and throws a party where they can be celebrated.

It's the eve of Electra's 18th birthday and, in addition to all her family and school friends, she's inadvertently invited her conservative Jewish friends from synagogue and her radical queer friends from that spoken word event she goes to (her mum thinks she"s going to a book club).  


As Electra introduces to these different groups, as well as the series of awkward events which led to these accidental invitations, we get an insight into her private world. 

Electra struggles to reconcile conflicting elements of her identity: can she tell her queer friends she's Jewish and her Jewish friends that she's queer? 

Isla van Tricht is an internationally acclaimed playwright who trained at RADA and whose work has been performed in London, Edinburgh, York, and New York City. 

Guy Woolf is a composer, actor and drag queen who has performed all over the UK and internationally.

Becoming Electra: A Queer Mitzvah at Komedia Brighton on Thursday 12th December 2019. To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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