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A Young Vic Film

What defines an Englishman? Lucy Jane Parkinson performs Lucy Skilbeck’s monologue which explores concepts of masculinity through a trans lens, using a rite of passage between two very different generations. 

Big Ben (York)

Cast & Creatives

Written and directed by Lucy J Skilbeck

Featuring  Lucy Jane Parkinson

Filmmakers Tristan Shepherd & Andrew Muir

Producers Nadia Latif & Imogen Brodie

Executive Producers Kwame Kwei-Armah & Despina Tsatsas

Jerwood Assistant Director Floriana Dezou

Runner Patrick Ellis

Lucy J Skilbeck, also Leo, is a writer, director and maker. They are the Artistic Director of Milk Presents, an Associate Company of Derby Theatre and the Bush Theatre. Lucy’s work forefronts queer narratives, fusing new writing, cabaret, live art and a knee up in your local pub. Their most recent work includes trans-masculine odyssey BULLISH (Milk Presents, UK Tour) and drag king play JOAN (Milk Presents, winner of Off-West End Award 2018 and Fringe First 2016). For the Young Vic Lucy has directed Chekhov's The Bear/The Proposal as a Genesis Future Director and was Assistant Director on Fun Home. Other associate work includes: Effigies of Wickedness (Gate Theatre); Herons (Lyric Hammersmith); The Complete Deaths (Spymonkey, Tim Crouch); The Odyssey (Derby Theatre).

Lucy Jane Parkinson is a social stereotype warrior who specialises in fluid masculinity and gender performance . After completing a Masters degree in Contemporary Performance Making, Lucy has become a full time drag King cabaret performer and is better known as alter ego and drag king extraordinaire: LoUis CYfer. LoUis is a gender blender who storms around the international cabaret scene. Lucy's work focuses on bringing fluid masculinity to the forefront of the modern mainstream, deconstructing perceptions of sexuality through the medium of contemporary cabaret. Theatre credits include: JOAN (Milk Presents, winner of Off West End Award, Fringe First Award, and a Stage Award for Best Performer); BULLISH (Milk Presents and UK Tour); The Three Musketeers, a promenade production (The Dukes Lancaster).

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