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Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Curious Arts and Bird la Bird present Bird la Bird's Travelling Queer People's History Show

When: Saturday 13th July 2019
Show Begins: 8:00pm
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
Age Recommendation: 18+
Running Time: approx. 75 minutes 
Please note: tickets are available online up to two hours before an event. If you would like to book tickets after this time, please pay on the door or call the box office on 0191 2619125 to reserve.

Bird la Bird's Travelling Queer People's History Show is a spoof lecture which takes a DIY punk approach to history. This is history for the Netflix generation, squashing a box set-worth of true queer stories into a show.

Beginning in the vast prison that once stood on the site of today's Tate Britain, Bird lovingly traces the lives of queer prisoners across centuries and continents. Flinging open the doors of the queer past she lays bare the interlocking histories of the British Empire, class exploitation and homophobia and links this to contemporary issues of global LGBTQI refugees.

The Queer People's History Show decolonises LGTBI history by taking an inclusive, irreverent approach to the past. Bird uses Scouse humour to make history engaging and relevant to contemporary audiences.

One of the most remarkable stories in the show is the life of Alonzo Johnson, who may be one of the first genderqueer people in Newcastle's history. Alonzo was a travelling musician who was sentenced to death for the so-called crime of sodomy in 1844 in Newcastle, along with their lover David Denham. The sentence was reduced to transportation to a penal colony. The show follows the journey Alonzo and David took to the worst penal colony in the British Empire. Alonzo and David's lives and punishment are part of Newcastle's queer heritage. Bird is honoured to remember them in the city.

The show is accessible, with integrated audio description (voiceover by Liz Carr –Silent Witness) and captions offered wherever possible.


"It's like Horrible Histories for queer adults" - History lecturer type, Birmingham University

"Bird is the best history teacher you never had" - Liz Carr

"It's a hugely important insight into LGBTQ+ history that'll leave you both enlightened and angry" - Diva Mag

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Alphabetti Theatre

Saint James' Boulevard

Newcastle upon Tyne



The Alphabetti Theatre bar and theatre are wheelchair accessible. We have space for two wheelchair users per performance. 


Alphabetti Theatre

Alphabetti Theatre (founded 2012) is an intimate, artist lead, award winning theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Our 80 seater theatre on average each year holds 320 performances, works with/supports 2,000 artists & welcomes 15,000 audience members - with 60% of our programme part of our Pay What You Feel ticket scheme.