Beast (2019)

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?”.

Commissioned by Arts House Melbourne. Research and development was supported by Arts Council England and the City of Melbourne through ArtsHouse and Culture LAB.
 
SHOW DATES:
 
21st November 2019- Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff TICKETS
 
17th -25th January 2020- The Blue Room Theatre, Perth Fringe TICKETS
 

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 NYC

SHOW DATES:

3rd & 4th December 2019- Sophiensale Theatre, Berlin TICKETS

Bullish (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. BULLISH headlined the ‘Come As You Are’ festival, celebrating trans, non-binary and gender-queer theatre. The show inspired the festival to be curated and runs from 12 – 30 Sep 2017 at Camden People’s Theatre. Book your tickets here.

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.