Class and queerness: BULLYACHE on newest work ‘TOM’

TOM is a piece that blends the parable of Orpheus with the Division for Work and Pensions. It’s a pop-culture collision of working class and queer expression. A conflicting house of custom & lived expertise, private & pop. A pageant is about to start, there is no such thing as a name time…perpetual purgatory.

BULLYACHE is a reside music & dance firm whose work traverses pop-culture, classical textual content & opera; assume Pina Bausch cosplaying as Dua Lipa and performing albums as theatre works, theatre by means of the lens of a pop music video.

Alongside co-directors Courtney Deyn & Jacob Samuel, TOM can be carried out from 9-13 Could with Belén Leroux, James Olivo, Yen-Ching Lin, Lewis Walker & Ed Mitchell as a part of Now 23 at The Yard Theatre.

Bullyache co-directors Courtney & Jacob share:

“Throughout the pandemic Courtney was in a residency, locked in a lodge room for 16 days dropping their thoughts & Jacob was sending them beats to sing on. That was the start. We each went to remedy and bought sober. BULLYACHE was an act of us coming collectively to create one thing lovely that embraced a journey of therapeutic, sustainability and a spot that will act as an organization to permit marginalised voices to search out comparable peace. BULLYACHE is sort of a 3rd particular person now. It’s us giving our greatest to one thing”

Picture by Andrea Fiumana.

TOM is our try to distil, to speak views & lived experiences we have now round class. Life is exhausting. Surviving is exhausting. This work is about attempting to make some sense of that labour”

“Usually these emotions in regards to the world are so summary & sophisticated to render straightforwardly in phrases. Our course of – making music, working with collaborators (dancers, designers) & sharing with audiences – all of those are methods in. Methods for us to create house for communal expertise; particularly for individuals who can really feel so othered by a lot of tradition”

“Our forged evokes us a lot & their identities, the bodily contrasts they carry all feed into the work we make. We have an interest within the range of individuals and character – making a secure and dynamic house for the performers. We work with world champion gymnasts and voguers, classical musicians and Kakatk dancers. It’s this strategy of layering, oscillation & distinction which excites us a lot and helps to construct our shared bodily language”


To e-book to see TOM go to: https://theyardtheatre.co.uk/events/now-23-bullyache/ Header picture by Harry Clark Pictures.