In June 2018 Rachael Miles and Tom Marshman presented their new performance work, Deuce, at the Arnolfini in Bristol. Deuce explores the 30th anniversary of the introduction of Section 28, the infamous legislation that banned local authorities from ‘promoting’ homosexuality and had a profoundly damaging effect on the ability to be visible as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) person without fear of, or actual, reprisal. Growing up in the grip of clause 28 Tom and Rachael took their role models where they could find them, from Martina Navratilova, The Fall Guy, Princess Leigh to Cindy and KD Lang. Deuce explores female masculinities and male femininities using pop cultural references to unpick historical representations of gender non-conformity and reinsert/instate them (and their relevance) into contemporary ‘queer’ discourse.
You can view Rachael and Tom’s performance of Deuce at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJr2NypLuGM&index=2&list=PLfhYN8HBM4ExPd5eo8vYmZqYmsGNp_DF5&t=354s
Rachael and Tom will be performing Deuce as part of the ‘Come As You Are’ festival. See https://www.cptheatre.co.uk/wp_theatre_season/come-as-you-are-festival-on-tour for details and to book tickets.