Burgerz

Burgerz

Hackney Showroom @ Stoke Newington Town Hall · 23 OCT - 03 NOV

Hurled words. Thrown objects. Dodged Burgers.

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26 October 2018  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“When life throws burgers at you what do you? Travis Alabanza fights back in angry, funny and heart-breaking show in which cooking a burger from scratch is a way of taking back control after an incident in 2016 in which someone threw a burger in Alabanza’s face while shouting “Tranny”. Around 100 people saw and nobody did anything. Now we are made to watch - and do so with awe - as Alabanza brings a white cis-gendered man on stage and they cook a burger from scratch. A terrific, tricky and layered show about complicity, fighting back and how quickly our silence becomes someone else’s danger.”

Overview

After someone threw a burger at them and called them faggot, performance artist Travis Alabanza became obsessed with burgers.

How they are made, how they feel, and smell. How they travel through the air. How the mayonnaise feels on your skin.

This show is the climax of their obsession – exploring how trans bodies survive and how, by them reclaiming an act of violence, we can address our own complicity.

Carving out a place for themselves as one of the UK’s prominent trans voices, Alabanza presents a performance that is timely, unsettling and powerful.

Critic reviews

Travis Alabanza’s clever and sensitive call for compassion sometimes feels a little unwieldy

The Stage

Travis Alabanza’s show about trans visibility is heartfelt, stylish and a bit frustrating

Time Out

Burgerz is an unpacking of gender, or violence which needs to lean into itself, and let us lean in too.

Exeunt

Alabanza’s work has the power to change and for that he deserves huge credit

West End Wilma

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 23 Oct - Sat 3 Nov, 7.30pm

Venue

Hackney Showroom @ Stoke Newington Town Hall
Stoke Newington, London N16 9JP London, UK · Get Directions
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