'Sat on the tube wondering if the person next to me wants to cry as well. In a Dr’s office and wondering who else feels perpetually lonely. At a rally screaming slogans and wondering if anyone knows how to hug.'
I Tried To Fuck Up The System But None Of My Friends Texted Back is a new piece of work by Travis Alabanza, looking at the ways in which intimacy has been left out of our political discourse. The show places the audience into Alabanza’s internal dialogue and waits for the moment where we decide that we care, asking: 'Can we really change the world if we are still afraid of everyone we do not know?'
Exploring loneliness, intimacy, and the secrets you didn’t think you would say out loud – I Tried To Fuck Up The System But None Of My Friends Texted Back, is Alabanza trying to figure it out, realising it is not working, and knowing that they cannot do it alone.
'I’ve been documenting harassment and my relationship to being a trans, visibly gender-nonconforming person for four or five years now. I did that because no one else was. Now I want to look at new things.' Travis Alabanza in an interview in The Guardian
performed & written by Travis Alabanza sound design Danielle Brathwaite Shirley outside eye Brian Lobel commissioned by The Sick of the Fringe, Wellcome collection & Marlbrough Theatre image by Poppy Marriott
This performance is a work in progress.