Based mostly on author Joe Leather-based’s real-life experiences working as a Refuse Loader throughout lockdown, this one-person comedic play is a love letter to each hard-working Northerners and gender euphoria via monologue, music, and drag. Through the pandemic, Joe utilized for each job obtainable; when the jewelry store the place he was presupposed to work closed on the day he was meant to start out, he realised that what wouldn’t be halted as a result of lockdown was refuse assortment. Across the similar time, he turned his expertise as a performer right into a drag persona to amuse his associates on Zoom. And so, his journey from bin man to tug queen started. Following a sell-out run and an Offie nomination for ‘Finest Present at Camden Fringe’ 2022, Wasteman returns this February for a VAULT Competition debut.
From stacking up the wheelie bins to coming into a drag contest in his quest to be named ‘Miss Stoke’, a bin man swaps steel-toed boots for stilettos to chase his dream of being a drag queen. Residing in a small Northern city along with his anti-woke boyfriend, the plot begins as their relationship ends. As he makes one thing fabulous in essentially the most un-fabulous of conditions, anticipate triple risk expertise, dramatic aptitude, and stiff hamstrings whereas he prepares for the competitors in simply 4 weeks. There are not any limits to what he’ll do for the crown, from sporting fishnet tights beneath his uniform, to working towards the splits on his lunch break.
Joe Leather-based mentioned “As a youngster born in Bolton, I didn’t get to see any tales about the place I used to be from. And as a younger queer particular person from a land far past Higher London, tales about cities and lives like mine had been non-existent. Because of this, I’m over the moon to be bringing Wasteman again to London and the VAULT Competition. I imagine that tales about gender expression are notably obligatory within the present local weather and wrote nearly all of the play whereas working as a council bin-man in lockdown. The piece fuses my passions for monologue, character-comedy, drag, musical theatre, and weird day jobs. I hope it should ship a message to LGBTQIA+ and working-class folks from all around the nation that their tales need to be advised too.”
Joe Leather-based (he/they) is an Offie-nominated author and performer. Appearing credit embody Jersey Boys (Worldwide Tour), Oklahoma! (Gordon Craig) and Sleep No Extra (Punchdrunk, Shanghai). TV credit embody Britain’s Received Expertise and The Final Leg. Their earlier musical, The Misplaced Works of Willy Shakes was one of many Telegraph’s ’20 Should-see Exhibits of the Edinburgh Fringe 2019′. Joe has additionally offered script and lyrics to touring UK Drag Present Queenz.
Written by Joe Leather-based | Directed by Kat Bond
VAULT Competition, Pit, 14 – 16 February 2023, 20:00
Operating Time: 60 minutes | Appropriate for ages 15