For the first time, WRESTIVAL is bringing together a program of groundbreaking work that centres on the spectacle of live wrestling. 6 different shows will share the ring over 3 days, combining cabaret, drag, politics, theatre & wrestling in one space. WRESTIVAL presents different approaches to ring-based violence; & puts less represented wrestlers firmly at the centre of the stage.
Heather is the lead artist on Sasquatch - a children's show about wrestling, cryptozoology & being yourself. Directed by Micha Mirto (Dolls in Amber) & Daisy Lang (Rocky Rhodes) with dramaturgy from Ivor Macallister (Fish & Game) & Graham Hubbard (What the Ladybird Saw) this is a show for the ages. A hour long show with big characters & big heart for ages 6+ and their grown ups.
Supported by Arts Council England & Spun Glass Theatre
Heather is creative producer of Gimmicks by Michael Reece (Mythos, Lucha Britannia, Exotic!) with dramturgy from Sikisa Bostwick-Barnes. Wrestling has a difficult relationship with race & the gimmicks - characters - given to non-white wrestlers are often unexplored in their implications. Gimmicks is a long-form movement piece using an episodic deep-dive in to the experiences of 5 POC wrestlers
Supported by Camden People's Theatre
Heather is the Co-creator (with drag kings Big Dick Energy) of FIST CLUB - a queer wrestling & cabaret show. Spandex, drag kings, satire & Cher as a referee - what else do you need for the best night of your life? FC is the anti-thesis of toxic masculinity within wrestling & aims to be a promotion that is accessible to anyone with a sense of humour & humanism..
Heather is the producer of NHSMackdown, a wrestling show about PTSD within the NHS by nurse/wrestler Lawless. Combining interviews with NHS workers; wrestling; dark humour & a lot of prop comedy - it's Lawless's debut work & it's going to hurt.