Theatre The Sherling Studio



I'm Bitter About Glitter

A collaboration between Liz Clarke (42) and Felix Council (9)

This family-friendly performance collides extravagant fantasy and the reality of mother and child making a piece of work together.

I’m Bitter About Glitter is a gentle exploration of identity and how this is presented in terms of gender and choice; also the roles we play throughout our lives. The piece – originally commissioned by Tom Marshman (Deuce), and intended for children and adults to enjoy together – welcomes adult audiences as part of the COME AS YOU ARE Festival.
In I’m Bitter About Glitter, mother and son delve into questions of agency, representation and accepted norms about motherhood, children and the family. It’s for the child in you, your nieces, brothers, sisters and future people. It’s for anyone who’s ever been small with big questions, a big imagination and whose family doesn’t quite fit inside the box.
Jampacked with wild tales, glamour, grit and sparkles, expect a joy-filled adventure with a message of hope for the future.



This work explores the 30th anniversary of the introduction of Section 28, the infamous legislation that banned local authorities from ‘promoting’ homosexuality and had a profoundly damaging effect on the ability to be visible as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) person without fear of, or actual, reprisal. Growing up in the grip of clause 28 Tom and Rachael took their role models where they could find them, from Martina Navratilova, The Fall Guy, Princess Leigh to Cindy and KD Lang.

Deuce explores female masculinities and male femininities using pop cultural references to unpick historical representations of gender non-conformity and reinsert/instate them (and their relevance) into contemporary ‘queer’ discourse.

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