When Jo was 17, they experienced an episode of severe mental illness, during which they shaved their head. They wanted to be visibly queer, masculine and tough as hell. A week after Jo did this, Britney Spears did the same thing.
Instead of a punk act of defiance, their shaved head was suddenly connected to vapid, blonde, girly Britney, and Jo was furious. In this show Jo looks back at that time ten years and at least three genders later and considers what it means to go from “I’m not like other girls, girls are stupid” to “I’m not actually a girl, but girly stuff is the fucking coolest”.
If Britney Could Get Through 2007 We Can Get Through This, is a loud and messy riot grrrl Britney tribute act and a love letter to that stubborn teenage queerdo, performed with a three-piece, all non-binary punk band and featuring inexpertly-but-enthusiastically performed dance routines. Letting both the 17- and 27-year-old Jo’s live out their dreams (being in a punk band and performing in that red Ooops I Did It Again outfit, respectively) they will re-enact their desperate shedding of hair and femininity to see if Jo, Jo and Britney can arrive at something more tender.