Untitled 2009 – The Cast

Untitled 2009 is a new play about a controversial 2009 GoMA – Glasgow Museums exhibit.

Written by Nelly Kelly and directed by David Wood.

2.30pm, Saturday 2 Nov, The Tron, Glasgow. Tickets £8.50 book here

Part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven at Tron Theatre this Oct/Nov. Supported by Outspoken Arts Scotland.

Nelly Kelly – They/them

Nelly is a trans, non-binary playwright, performer maker and drag artist. They have a masters with distinction in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Glasgow and are a former Playwrights Studio Scotland mentored Playwright. Their works unapologetically sets out to take up space to put queer life and culture centre stage, with a particular focus on Trans identities.

Recent credits include; Queersa Gay: Fields of Gold, Buzzcut, CCA Glasgow (creator/performer). Haus of Gay, Queer Theory, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy Glasgow (drag art collaboration), The Dogwood, Pride Plays, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh (writer), Sacramental, Mintworks, Guest Projects London.

David Wood – He/him

David is a director and theatre-maker based in Glasgow. Originally hailing from Ayrshire, at the core of his practice is a desire to open access to the arts, regardless of economic or social background. David has worked alongside a number of Scotland’s leading theatre companies, including Bard in the Botanics, Capall Dorcha, Borderline and Visible Fictions. His work, though varied, often focuses on new writing, work for young audiences and queer theatre, topics particularly close to his heart.

David graduated with an MA in Classical and Contemporary Text (directing) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is a recipient of the Dewar Arts Award and is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Recent director credits include: Perfectly Norman (Puppetry Scratch Night); Play Me Out, A Word Please and Last Orders (Overlap Theatre Company) and A Beginner’s Guide to Populism (NoLogoProductions).

Associate/Assistant director credits include: A Ladder to the Stars and The Hidden (Visible Fictions); Playthrough (Borderline); Channelling Jabez (Play, Pie and a Pint) and Taming of the Shrew? (Bard in the Botanics)

Bel Pye – They/them

Bel graduated from BA Contemporary Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2015. Since then they have been living with several chronic illnesses, which is a full time job in itself! They have also worked with the education team at the Citizens Theatre and had their visual art work exhibited in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and London.

Adam Kashmiry – He/him

Adam is a performer, a trans activist, and an inspirational speaker. He has made his professional debut as an actor in a theatre production called ADAM as part of the Fringe 2017. The play won the Fringe First award, the Scottish arts club award and was shortlisted for Amnesty’s international award for free speech. Adam won a Herald Angel award for his role in the play as well as being nominated for an Offies award 2018. Adam appeared on TEDx Glasgow 2018 and talked about stereotypes and the issues Trans people face. He has a YouTube channel in which he talks about his Transition and any related topics.

Goose Masondo – They/them

Goose is a Glasgow-based performer originally from Argentina/South London and currently studying at the University of Glasgow, in their third year of a Theatre Studies and English Literature degree. Primarily a musical theatre actor, Goose trained at Laine Theatre Arts and British Youth Music Theatre before coming to university, and is super excited to have their first professional role in a play, especially one so close to their heart.

Saerlaith Robyn McQuaid-O’Dwyer – She/her

Saerlaith is a theatre and performance maker, facilitator, curator and DJ. Their work includes two shows for the Dublin Fringe Festival, Cuomo (2013) and (Not) Belonging, (2015), and performance work in Dublin, Glasgow and Rotterdam. She founded the Trans Live Art Salon, a collective and arts platform for trans artists in Ireland in association with Live Collision, co-facilitated TLAS’ festival residency with Robbie Blake, won the Spirit of Fringe, Spirit of Project Award at Dublin Fringe 2017 with TLAS’ chill space and trans art festival, the Fully-Automated Luxury Gender Oasis, and curated a programme of trans work at Live Collision International Festival 2018. More recently, she has graduated from Trinity College Dublin’s Drama and Theatre Studies course, and moved to Glasgow.

Bibi June – They/them

Bibi June is a Glasgow-based poet, theatre maker, and performer. They co-founded and run spoken word theatre company In The Works. Their work focussed on liminal identities, social injustice, and alternatives to capitalism. Their first pamphlet ‘Begin Again’ was published by Speculative Books in 2017. Bibi has created and performed in several collaborative shows, including ‘A Matter of Time’ (2017) and ‘The 900 Club’, the latter of which received 4* and 5* reviews for its debut run at the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2019, they toured their newest collaborative spoken word theatre show ‘Make/Shift’ throughout the UK & Ireland.

Sadie Godiva – She/her

Sadie hails from Coventry, and arrived in Scotland, via Germany, more than six years ago. Now in her seventh decade, her passions, apart from performing, include playing lawn bowls and railway modelling. She is the proud parent of two adult children, who are both totally supportive. Her attraction to theatre started as a nine year old, when she witnessed her first Gang Show (at the now demolished Coventry Theatre) and was besotted by the spectacle. It’s been downhill ever since!

UNTITLED 2009

WRITTEN BY NELLY KELLY

DIRECTED BY DAVID WOOD

TRAVERSE THEATRE, SAT 8 FEB 2020, 7PM £5 BOOK NOW

https://www.traverse.co.uk/whats-on/event/untitled-2009

Full Cast

Presented by Queen Jesus Productions in association with Outspoken Arts Scotland

In July 2009 a Bible was put on display in GoMA alongside the notice:

“If you feel you’ve been excluded from the Bible, please write your way back into it.”

The exhibit, Untitled 2009. was intended to be a reclamation of the bible as a sacred text but was condemned as a sacrilegious act by churches across Scotland. and globally, as negative reports broke out online.

Ten years on Untitled 2009 is back on display and the words collected in its margins spoken aloud onstage by a collective of LGBTQ performers. What has changed in the last ten years and what do these words tell us about queer lives in Scotland?

Note: Contains strong language.

First presented at the Tron Theatre in 2019.

  • SAT 2 NOV, 2.30PM £8.50 
  • TRON THEATRE, 63 TRONGATE, GLASGOW G1 5HB

0 EVANGELHO SEGUNDO JESUS, RAINHA DO CEU

WRITTEN BY JO CLIFFORD

DIRECTED BY NATALIA MALLO

Image: Luciane Pires Ferreira

In this powerful reimagining of Jo Clifford’s acclaimed play, Jesus is embodied in the present as a travesti woman from the fringes of Sao Paulo. Renata Carvalho’s raw and mesmerising performance brings her travesti identity to the fore, challenging us to understand the suffering caused by stigma and marginalisation.

Performed from Berlin to Cape Verde and across South America, 0 Evangelho has changed the landscape of Brazilian theatre forever, enduring state and institutional censorship and sixteen lawsuits. Since the election of right-wing Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro it has become too dangerous to perform the play in Brazil.

Celebrated and award-winning. The Gospel has had an incredible journey over the last decade, touring globally and inspiring a Brazilian production at the epicentre of the county’s struggles against bigotry.

  • A SCOTTISH PREMIERE
  • WED 30 OCT, 7.45PM. £15 [£11) book now
  • TRON THEATRE, 63 TRONGATE, GLASGOW G1 5HB
  • LINKED TICKET DEAL
  • BUY 1 TICKET FOR ‘O EVANGELHO SEGUNDO JESUS, RAINHA DO CEU’
  • AND ‘THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS, QUEEN OF HEAVEN’ FOR £27 [£19.80]

Presented by Queen Jesus Productions, Supported by Creative Scotland and British Council.

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven

WRITTEN BY JO CLIFFORD

DIRECTED BY SUSAN WORSFOLD

Image: Aly Wright

Exactly ten years on from her explosive and controversial premiere at the Tron in 2009, join Queen Jesus for a revolutionary queer ritual in which bread is shared, wine is drunk and familiar stories are reimagined by a transgender Jesus. This unique show combines theatre with storytelling and ritual in a way that, according to one audience member, ‘leaves everyone feeling blessed’.

Celebrated and award-winning. The Gospel has had an incredible journey over the last decade, touring globally and inspiring a Brazilian production at the epicentre of the county’s struggles against bigotry.

‘A moving. profound and quite brilliantly executed … piece of theatre’.

***** All Edinburgh Theatre
  • THU 31 OCT – SAT 2 NOV. 7.45PM. [£11) book now
  • Signed performance: FRI 1 Nov
  • TRON THEATRE, 63 TRONGATE, GLASGOW G1 5HB
  • LINKED TICKET DEAL
  • BUY 1 TICKET FOR ‘O EVANGELHO SEGUNDO JESUS, RAINHA DO CEU’
  • AND ‘THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS, QUEEN OF HEAVEN’ FOR £27 [£19.80]

Presented by Queen Jesus Productions, Supported by Creative Scotland and British Council.

Nelly Kelly – writer

Nelly is working with Queen Jesus Productions and Outspoken Arts on Untitled 2009 is a brand new play written by Nelly Kelly and directed by David Wood, produced as part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations of The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, by legendary trans artist and activist Jo Clifford. Supported by Outspoken Arts Scotland. All events will take place at the Tron Theatre, exactly ten years after Queen Jesus’ premiere at the theatre in November 2009 to mark the anniversary and celebrate and reflect on its impact and legacy. 

Nelly is a trans, non-binary playwright, performer maker and drag artist. They have a masters with distinction in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Glasgow and are a former Playwrights Studio Scotland mentored Playwright. Their works unapologetically sets out to take up space to put queer life and culture centre stage, with a particular focus on Trans identities.

Recent credits include;  Queersa Gay: Fields of Gold, Buzzcut, CCA Glasgow (creator/performer). Haus of Gay, Queer Theory, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy Glasgow (drag art collaboration), The Dogwood, Pride Plays, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh (writer), Sacramental, Mintworks, Guest Projects London.

Contact: Nelly Kelly

David Wood – Theatre Director

David Wood will direct ‘Untitled 2009Untitled a brand new play written by Nelly Kelly and directed by David Wood, produced as part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations of The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, by legendary trans artist and activist Jo Clifford. Supported by Outspoken Arts Scotland. All events will take place at the Tron Theatre, exactly ten years after Queen Jesus’ premiere at the theatre in November 2009 to mark the anniversary and celebrate and reflect on its impact and legacy.  Full Details announced 30 July 2019.

David is a director and theatre-maker based in Glasgow. Originally hailing from Ayrshire, at the core of his practice is a desire to open access to the arts, regardless of economic or social background. David has worked alongside a number of Scotland’s leading theatre companies, including Bard in the Botanics, Capall Dorcha, Borderline and Visible Fictions. His work, though varied, often focuses on new writing, work for young audiences and queer theatre, topics particularly close to his heart.

David graduated with an MA in Classical and Contemporary Text (directing) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is a recipient of the Dewar Arts Award and is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Recent director credits include: Perfectly Norman (Puppetry Scratch Night);  Play Me Out, A Word Please and Last Orders (Overlap Theatre Company) and A Beginner’s Guide to Populism  (NoLogoProductions).

Associate/Assistant director credits include: A Ladder to the Stars and The Hidden (Visible Fictions); Playthrough (Borderline); Channelling Jabez (Play, Pie and a Pint) and Taming of the Shrew? (Bard in the Botanics)

Contact David Wood david.wood4@outlook.com

CALL OUT for trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming artists and performers.

Untitled 2009 (rehearsed reading) performer call out. 

Photo by Steve Buissinne

Untitled 2009 is a brand new play written by Nelly Kelly and directed by David Wood, produced as part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations of The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, by legendary trans artist and activist Jo Clifford. Supported by Outspoken Arts Scotland. All events will take place at the Tron Theatre, exactly ten years after Queen Jesus’ premiere at the theatre in November 2009 to mark the anniversary and celebrate and reflect on its impact and legacy. 

Nelly, David and the team behind Queen Jesus Productions would be delighted to meet any trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming performers of all ages and experience who are interested in taking part in this special project. All performers will be paid for the day of rehearsal and the day of performance. In addition to this all performers are welcome to take part in workshops hosted by Brazilian artist and activist Renata Carvalho (who plays Jesus in the Brazilian production) and voice expert Susan Worsfold (director of the original production). Performers will also be invited to be part of the audience for the UK and Brazilian productions (The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven and O Evangelho Segundo Jesus, Rainha do Ceu) and to take part in post-show discussions. We regret it’s not possible to reimburse travel costs so this opportunity may best suit people based in and near the Central Belt. Actors ITC/Equity minimum daily rates offered for 1+2 Nov.

Important dates (all central Glasgow) 

  • Deadline for expressing interest in casting workshop – Monday 12 Aug 2019
  • Casting workshop – Monday 9 Sep, 10.15-13.15 
  • Queen Jesus performances and workshops Wednesday 30 October to Saturday 2 Nov (exact days & times to follow) 
  • Rehearsal day – Fri 1 Nov, 10.15-18.00 
  • Performance day – Sat 2 Nov, 10.15-16.00 

How to apply 

Please get in touch by mailto:queenjesusplays@gmail.com telling us why you want to be part of the project and a little about you and your performance experience, this can be done in either written form or as a short video application. If submitting a video please send us a YouTube or Vimeo link. 

There is no word/time limit on applications, however please keep your application concise to allow for the team to give a fair amount of consideration to each applicant. 

The casting for Untitled 2009 will take the form of a relaxed workshop on Monday 9 Sep, 10.15-13.15, and we aim to make it accessible for all. On invitation to the casting workshop, a member of the team will be in contact with you to ask of any specific access requirements you may have and will be happy to discuss with you ways in which we can best support you on the day. 

Venue for casting workshop

Vic Bar (internal location), Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB

Map link / www.tron.co.uk / Accessibility info

About Untitled 2009 

In July 2009 a Bible was put on display in GoMA alongside the notice: “If you feel you’ve been excluded from the Bible, please write your way back into it.” The exhibit, Untitled 2009, was intended to be a reclamation of the Bible as a sacred text, created by Rev Jane Clarke, a minister of the Metropolitan Community Church, in collaboration with artists Anthony Schrag and David Malone for the Made in God’s Image exhibition (https://galleryofmodernart.wordpress.com/portfolio/made-in-gods-image/). But it was condemned as a sacrilegious act by churches across Scotland, and globally, as negative reports broke out online. 

Now ten years on, Untitled 2009 will be on display again in Glasgow and the words collected in its margins performed, challenged and explored by a dynamic ensemble of trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming performers in this new piece of theatre, as part of Queen Jesus’ 10th anniversary celebrations. What has changed in the last ten years and what do these words tell us about queer lives in Scotland then and now? 

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven 

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven is a unique, one-woman, site-responsive theatrical piece in which Jesus has returned to earth as a trans woman. Written and performed by Jo Clifford (TAMING OF THE SHREW, EVE) – author of over 80 plays, Stonewall role model, Saltire Society Outstanding Woman, and one of Scotland’s most renowned playwrights – and directed by award-winning director and voice practitioner Susan Worsfold (EVE, HEROINE). Described as having “one of the most remarkable journeys in recent theatre history” (Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman) the play has indeed had an incredible journey over the last ten years since its premiere as part of Glasgay! at the Tron in 2009. From being the subject of hate and abuse from a mass protest outside; to hundreds of critically acclaimed and sold out performances in the UK and Brazil and the resulting creation of a Brazilian version that has become the most talked about work in the country and is at the epicentre of the struggle against censorship and bigotry.

Curated by Queen Jesus Productions, with support from Tron Theatre and Outspoken Arts Scotland, the 10th anniversary celebrations include a three-performance run of the original production and the Scottish premiere of the infamous Brazilian production alongside a programme of performance, learning and discussion inspired by the play’s journey, themes and guiding principles.

Supported by Creative Scotland National Lottery Funding.

Links https://www.facebook.com/JesusQueenofHeaven
Interview with Jo: https://www.scotsman.com
Press coverage of ‘Untitled 2009’ in 2009:
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk
http://danimarti.com

Main Photo of Jo Clifford – by Aly Wight