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One person standing and one person sitting against a brick wall Coming Up

A Taste of BEAF 2021: Pests Production

A Taste of BEAF

BEAF 2021’s Commissioned Artists

Planning for BEAF 2021 is in full swing, and we are more excited for May 29th than June 21st!  So, over the coming weeks we will be giving you an exclusive taste of BEAF 2021, by introducing our 2021 commissioned artists and what exciting things they have planned for this year’s festival. Each week we will feature chats we’ve had with our artists to find out what you can expect between May 29th – June 6th.

FABruary, Outrageous Outfits & Uncle Simon’s ‘friend’ Mark

One person standing and one person sitting against a brick wall
David & Sophia from Pests Production

 

This week, in honour of LGBTQ+ month we chatted to Sophia from the vibrant world of Pests Production. Run by Sophia Greppi and David Doust Pests Production is not-for-profit producing company grown and based in Dorset. The duo put on drag and theatre shows across the South West, and have worked with local, national, and international artists to bring performances to areas that don’t have much of an established arts scene.

As well as putting on a variety of shows, including an Arts Council funded programme of theatre, they also offer producing services, application guidance, script editing, and general artsy chats for people feeling a bit lost about their next step.

‘It’s basically a party, it’s a celebration, and it’s definitely a gay old time’

What new piece are you creating for BEAF Festival 2021?

We were delighted to be asked to organise BEAF’s closing party! We’ll be joined by two solo performance artist, Grace Thompson and James Watkins, both putting on previously toured shows. They’re weird, they’re funny, and they’re definitely not anything you’ve seen before! And following this, we’re bringing you a fabulous night of drag with our ever brilliant hostess, Cilly Black. Cilly and her cast will be bringing a whole night of live performances, lipsync battles, and outrageous outfits, all under the theme of ‘Coming out of the Closet; Best Outfit Edition’.

People have been stuck in trackies and pjs most of this past year, so we thought it’d be super fun to encourage all of our audience to wear their favourite outfits, whether that’s a floor length gown or your newest football shirt. It’s basically a party, it’s a celebration, and it’s definitely a gay old time.

 

Lipsyncing drag performer with arms in the air
Lipsyncing performance during BEAF 2019 festival.

We love making people happy’

Tell us all about FABruary

FABrurary was our little project this month to bring some happiness onto people’s socials. Everyday, myself, David, Josh (aka Cilly), or Emily, our social media guru, would nominate a person we thought were fab and write about them! We picked athletes, humanitarians, artists, friends, relatives, all sorts! It’s been amazing to see the response, and how many people have messaged us privately to say they’ve really been cheered up by the posts. Getting that kind of feedback is what we strive for; we love making people happy and sharing positive vibes.

Check out Pests Production socials to see their nominations for FABruary:

Pests Production Facebook

Pests Production Instagram

Pests Production Twitter

‘Openly queer characters on children’s TV shows helps a lot more kids than most people realise’

Who is your biggest motivator or inspiration from the LGBTQ+ community?

I think my biggest inspiration growing up had to be my uncles. I remember being really young when my uncle Simon would come round with his ‘friend’ Mark. Being a very small person at the time, I just thought it was cool that my uncle got to hang out with his best friend all the time! Both my uncles have been incredible rocks in my life, and a shining example of what a successful marriage looks like.

I also have a passionate love for Rebecca Sugar; she’s an out and proud bisexual woman, and her work as a writer and cartoon creator gives younger audiences clear examples of queer relationships and the fluidity of gender. I would have loved to have had something like Steven Universe when I was younger, it helps explain a lot of what I was feeling growing up but didn’t know how to put into words. Having openly queer characters on a children’s TV show helps a lot more kids than most people realise I think; even with the progress today, there’s still a loneliness in figuring out queer sexuality in a hetero-normative world.

 

Drag Perfomer smiling during a performance
Scarlett Fever performing – follow her on the ‘gram @scarlettfeverdrag

‘We’re curious, we can’t help ourselves, we’re only human.’

What does it mean to you to be human?

A lot of being human to me is all about exploring! Bonding with other people and learning more about them, more about the world, that’s what it means to be human. You get born one day onto this weird little watery rock in space and there’s SO MUCH to discover on it! Since lockdown, I’ve had the chance to try out a lot of stuff, and even the stuff I’ve failed miserably at, I’ve really enjoyed trying.

I think humans are curious little creatures through and through, we love to learn, we love to try new things. I get so excited about any space mission, because isn’t it just brilliant that these little specs in the universe are sending their robots off to other planets to explore even more? We’re curious, we can’t help ourselves, we’re only human.

Share your FAB People!

A big thank you to Sophia for chatting with us and sharing more about Pests Production, her inspirations and what it means to be human! Sign up to the Pests Production newsletter to see all the icons their followers have submitted as their own FAB people. Sophia and David are also still taking submissions for anyone else interested in taking part! Find all details pinned to the top of their fab Facebook page: HERE

Coming Up

What does being human mean to you?

 

BEAF Festival is happening

As you know, despite the current lockdown situation, we are super keen to continue with the BEAF Festival this year, which will bring Boscombe to life from May 29 – June 6 2021.

Our theme this year is 2B Human and our commissioned artists are busy creating on some fantastic work that focuses on what does it mean to be human. We thought it was about time we asked you to share your views too!

What does being human mean to you?

We want to hear, see, and share your ideas on what it means to be human with our community!

With Lockdown 3.0 firmly upon us, we have all had a bit of extra time to stop and really think about what makes us feel human. Whether it is a feeling, your craft, a place, a quote or even a memory, we all have something at the forefront of our human experience.

Colourful background with quote from Helen Keller that reads: "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart"

#2BHuman

Each year we provide a theme for our artists to explore. The theme 2BHuman is continuing from last year and the festival that would have been. Continuing with this theme for 2021 has allowed our artists to reflect and really delve into being human, during a time where many of our natural human instincts have been challenged; much of their work has developed or changed through their experiences living within a pandemic.

Share your #2BHuman experience 

We are welcoming your ideas on being human in any form that can be shared digitally or translated into a phrase or quote to feature in our exhibition. Any images and videos must be high resolution and no longer than 2 minutes long.

Send us your perspective on being human to gotbeaf@gmail.com or through our social channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Stay tuned to find our what being human means to our community!

Your thoughts on being human will form a new exhibition within the window of our B.A.D building in the centre of Boscombe and be shared with our online community too.

We have already asked some of the BEAF Team to share what being human means to them to help inspire you which we will share on social media. Here’s one from Nicola, our BEAF Marketing team member – how cute are these!