Palaver Artists Announced!


Meet the queer artists who Fatt Projects have commissioned to develop new work for PALAVER!, our pioneering development project supporting queer artists to make work for children and young audiences.

Each artist has an incredible track record of working across live-art, cabaret, drag, and solo performance and has been specially chosen for the potential they have to create innovative and new directions in theatre for young audiences.

Each artist will be making work for children and family audiences for the first time. The PALAVER ARTISTS are:

Emma Frankland is a live performance and theatre artist. Her work often focusses on honesty, action and a playfully destructive DIY aesthetic. Recently her work has been focussed on the None of Us is Yet a Robot project, a series of performance pieces recently published by Oberon Books as “None of Us is Yet a Robot – Five Performances on Gender Identity and the Politics of Transition”.

“I am excited to make a performance for young people and their families, as a trans woman and a parent I rarely have opportunities for these two important parts of my identity to overlap.”

Harry Clayton-Wright is a performance artist, writer and radical creator from Blackpool whose work spans theatre, installation, zine and film. Harry’s debut solo theatre show Sex Education premiered in 2017 winning the LGBTQ award at Brighton Fringe Festival and was nominated for a Total Theatre Award (Emerging Artist/Company) at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019.

“I’m so excited to start work on this project, as a queer performance artist from Blackpool who started their career delivering family entertainment at Butlins in Skegness and also for attractions up and down Blackpool Promenade, I love this artform and can’t wait to make work that entertains and delights.”

KATY BAIRD (she/her)
Katy Baird is an artist, curator and producer of Live Art based in Folkestone, Kent. She has performed at Live Art festivals and venues as well as squat parties, clubs and raves. Her recent solo studio-based performance Workshy, a show about work and the things we do for money, has toured internationally to over 30 cities.

“I am thrilled to be given this incredible opportunity to corrupt young minds with queerdo stories, aesthetics and politics – oh, what a palaver!”

VIJAY PATEL (he/him)
Vijay Patel is a live/performance artist based in South London, whose work crosses forms into cabaret and installations.

“I’m really excited about being able to work on Palaver. I think this opens up an interesting avenue in my practice which focuses on making work by intersectional, marginalised people for young audiences. Having the opportunity to collaborate further with my younger brother on this project is also very exciting.”

YSHEE BLACK (she/her in drag)
Yshee Black (pronounced why-she) is one of the UK’s most prominent drag queens, hosts and performance artists. A shining star of the West Midlands, she is the host and creator of the Birmingham based lip-sync competition ‘The Church of Yshee’, recommended by the Guardian as one of the UK’s best drag nights.

‘I believe that children are the future, so I’m excited to re-connect to the art that inspired me as a child, teach the children well and let them LEAD THE WAY!’

Fatt Projects (FP) is the recently formed company of award-winning midland based producer & cultural activist Adam Carver (they/them) aka Fatt Butcher. Fatt Projects develop socially engaged projects using performance to explore queerness, community, & making change, often in public spaces/contexts where queer identity is underrepresented.

Our work has been commissioned by Without Walls, Appetite Stoke, DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome, Home Live Art, Marlborough Productions, & GDIF. Recent projects have focused on developing pioneering queer positive performance work for childrens' & outdoor arts audiences including FANTABULOSA (the world’s first drag show for kids), & Disco Tea Party (a public space interactive community building cabaret gameshow), and ANYWHERE IS A DANCEFLOOR (an original dance-film celebrating birmingham’s queer communities).

Future projects include MOBILISE, a large-scale queer participatory protest performance for the 2022 Commonwealth Games programme, and in Autumn 2021 Fatt Projects will deliver PALAVER, the world's first development programme dedicated to supporting the creation of queer positive performance for children and young audiences.

Adam performs in drag as Fatt Butcher and is the creator and host of Fatt Butcher’s Disco Bingo, currently resident at the Nightingale Club, Birmingham. They perform regularly as a host, vocalist and cabaret artist on the UK Festivals circuit. They are 2020 Jerwood Creative Bursary recipient, and are currently developing their composition and music production practice through an Arts Council DYCP Grant.

Previously Adam was the director of Birmingham’s SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts & Culture, transforming the festival into the UK’s largest LGBTQ+ arts festival, and securing Arts Council NPO status in 2018.

The Palaver Parties are taking place on Sun 12 Sep, Sun 03 Oct and Sun 17 Oct. For more information on who is performing on what dates and to book your tickets click HERE. Bringing our PALAVER season to its glittering conclusion is PALAVER FESTIVAL (Thu 28 Oct), a day-long celebration of inclusive family performance work.