Wednesday, 5 July 2017

DramaturgySh!t: Wayne Carter @ Edfringe 2017

What was the inspiration for this performance?

I wanted to create a space for those acts that are considered "other" in the world a place to act a fool .... LGBT, Women of colour, alternative acts burlesque drag and more.

Is performance still a good space for the public discussion of ideas? 

Uhhh yes or I'd be out of a job. I use my platform to share my ideas and beliefs with the world and hope they are well received.

How did you become interested in making performance?

I've always loved sharing experiences and being the centre of attention so it just made sense to step on a stage 

Is there any particular approach to the making of the show?

Find like minded crazy folk to share in the mentality that is GAYSHIT

Does the show fit with your usual productions?

Yes, I'm queer and it's queer.

What do you hope that the audience will experience?

A sense of joy and pleasure and a touch of confusion and shock. 

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience?

Overload the senses with a myriad of fantastic things.

When you think of GaySh!t many things may be conjured in the mind.  I wonder though if it’s the host of GaySh!t Wayne Carter, our resident token gender bending gay Australian bear. 

After years of gigging in basements of pizza shops and in the attics of underutilised pubs in areas scarce of human existent, Wayne Carter got tired of seeing the talented acts around him being misrepresented, with that Gaysh!t was born. A night dedicated to the weird, the wonderful, and eccentric but most importantly the public should leave with a sense of whimsical joy.

GaySh!t aims to showcase the talents of a variety of LGBTQI acts and allies from all performance genres included but not limited to: Cabaret, drag, comedy, burlesque, dance, mine, poetry, acting, sketch, character comedy and musical acts.

All acts are given the opportunity for more stage time in a safespace free of judgement where they can hone their abilities and transfer them into ‘mainstream clubs’.  GaySh!t aims to give LGBT acts the tools to succeed in their chosen field. 

As host of GaySh!t Wayne Carter guides the ship on a journey of love, laughter education but also a sense of family,  giving the audience a sense of kinship. Steve Bennett from Chortle attests that Wayne Carter is ‘friendly and surprisingly approachable’. Wayne welcomes audience members into the venue and guides them to seating that they may feel comfortable. Zander Bruce from ScotsGay retells his first encounter with Wayne by saying that ‘He just lets his inner 8-year-old faerie princess dungeon sex pig run wild and it’s enchanting in a way.’

Before proceedings officially commence Wayne Carter welcomes all acts on stage to do a pre-show dance to warm up, usually to a camp classic. This shows to the audience that though the acts are solo performers the show is a team effort and all acts work as a team to provide a great night of entertainment.

Within the first half of the show there will be opportunities for audience members to win prizes by correctly answering a LGBT based question such as ‘name a drag race girl or which LGBT member is the statue in Manchester dedicated to?’

After a short break to get a drink the show is back into full swing it is during the second half where audience members are invited to become part of the show, with free drinks as incentive.

By the time the show concludes, Carter makes sure everyone has had a fun and learnt something about themselves, sometimes with the assistance of an unsuspecting audience member. 

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