Nine-year old Tracey loves her Aunty Ben. It doesn’t matter to her that Aunty Ben is actually her uncle, or that he’s a drag queen, because in Tracey’s family dressing up is for everyone! But when Ben meets her school friends, Tracey is shocked to discover that other people’s families can be very different to her own. Written by Sian Ní Mhuirí, directed by Katherine Murphy and incorporating magical animations from artist Hanae Seida, Aunty Ben is a colourful and playful exploration of gender, family, love and happiness for all audiences aged 7+. Winner of the IdeasTap Brighton Fringe Award 2014, and the Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award at the 11th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.
The role of Aunty Ben is to be played by Irish drag artist and musician Veda Beaux Reves. Veda was the winner of the 1999 Miss Alternative Ireland, and runs the weekly club night Space ‘n’ Veda at Dublin’s most famous gay bar, The George.
‘…An LGBT play for kids that is not only of huge social and political importance, but completely and utterly heart‐lifting.’ Jessie Thompson, IdeasTap
Super Paua is an Irish theatre company that makes brave work for young audiences. Established in 2013 by theatre director and live artist Sian Ní Mhuirí, Super Paua aims to create socially-focused work that responds directly to the political needs of children and young people.
Super Paua have collaborated on Aunty Ben with animator and graphic artist Hanae Seida, who has animation credits with Disney Japan, and on Oscar-nominated film The Illusionist (Ink.Digital, Scotland).
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23 November, 15:00