Beast (Currently touring)
Welcome to Beast, a stand-up show by the transgender, trans-national, performance artist turned comedian, Krishna Istha. Directed by Zoe Coombs Marr (Best Show Melbourne Comedy Festival 2016, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2016), Beast throws a refreshingly daft non-sense bomb at the binary everything.
Being trans is the weirdest thing ever, apart from maybe expecting people to perfectly fit into exclusive categories in the first place. Super smart politics meets some really silly props as Krishna dares themselves to some (pretty bent) straight talk at the stand-up mic: babysitting the woke way, is this McDonald’s or Grindr?, and don’t get them started on the toilets. Plus, the shocking truth behind the question: “What’s in the bum bag?”.
Fuck Fabulous (2020)
A fierce line up of dance, circus, drag, comedy and performance artists unite.
Your host, queer, fat, femme cabaret icon, Yana Alana, brings together a fierce line up of dance, circus, drag, comedy and performance artists in the world premiere of Fuck Fabulous.
Serving neo-punk, anti-glamour realness, this cabaret variety show is a protest against the commodification of queer culture and a collective reimagining of what it means to be queer and fabulous.
Fuck Fabulous is a neo-punk protest party. A homage to our queer elders and a manifesto of hope that together we can create queer new worlds that value difference and diversity.
19-23rd February 2020 Seymour Centre (Sydney) TICKET
Image credit: Alexis Desaulniers-Lea
Wild Bore (2017- current)
The first rule of making art is: don’t respond to your critics. Soho Theatre (London) and Malthouse Theatre (Melbourne) bring together three masters of smart, spiky, political performance in an international supergroup of Zoe Coombs Marr, Ursula Martinez and Adrienne Truscott, to prove they are not too afraid to talk out of their arses.
Additional text and performance by Krishna Istha.
2017 tour: Malthouse Theatre (Melbourne), Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre (London), Sydney Festival. 2019 tour: Skirball Centre (New York), Sophiensaele (Berlin)
3rd & 4th December 2019 Sophiensale Theatre, Berlin TICKETS
Bullish- National Tour UK (2018)
“I am a bull. I am a bull…ish. I live between worlds. Slip between myths with dexterous leaps. Do I scare you? How about now?” Meet Asterion, better known as the terrifying, blood thirsty Minotaur of Ancient Crete. Follow them through one stark night, one cabaret odyssey, and one strapping search for the man they might want to be.
BULLISH pits ancient mythology against modern gender navigation to furiously disrupt, traverse and rewrite the rule book. Stepping into the ring with a gender fierce ensemble of hopers and renegades, BULLISH is a story about packing, passing, and gambling your way out of the labyrinth. A new mythical play with songs, negotiating ancient and new territories in trans-masculine gender and identity. This show drops a proverbial bull into a china shop and hopes it breaks everything.
BULLISH is Milk Present’s latest show starring Krishna Istha, Amelia Stubberfield, Cairo Nevitt, Adam Robertson and Lucy J Parkinson and directed and written by L J Skillbeck. The show was commissioned by the Camden People’s Theatre Home Run Commission, through the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and has also received support from the Arts Council England, Derby Theatre and The Bush Theatre.