International Non-Binary Day
Non-binary identities are varied and can include people who identify with some aspects of binary identities, while others reject them entirely. In effect, it is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity doesn’t necessarily sit comfortably with ‘man’ or ‘woman’. Non-binary is not a new identifier and has existed as long as civilisation.
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To celebrate International Non-Binary Day at ALRA, we recorded some readings by non-binary writers. There are some of mandla rae’s poetry, recited by Ashleigh Mills and a speech by Alok Vaid Menon, as well as work produced by Rebecca (Bee) Iceton.
Nelly Kelly is a Glasgow based playwright, performer and theatre maker. They have an MLitt in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Glasgow. This will be their first project working as a writer with the National Theatre of Scotland. Work includes Untitled 2009 with Queen Jesus Productions and Outspoken Arts Scotland (Tron Theatre/Traverse Theatre). Queeresa Gay: Fields of Gold with Buzzcut (CCA), and later Oassisy’s Late Night Queer Cabaret (Gilded Balloon). The Dogwood with Shift Theatre Company (Traverse Theatre). Sacramental with Mintworks (Hackney Guest Projects). Nelly is a current recipient of the New Playwrights Award, with Playwrights Studio Scotland. They are also currently working on a new commission with Queen Jesus Productions and are a recipient of the Buzzcut 2020/2021 Club Residency.
Mandla Rae is a writer and performer from Zimbabwe, raised in London and now based in Manchester. They are currently developing their first solo show as british as a watermelon for Queer Contact 2021 and have performed their work at venues and festivals including Royal Exchange, Hope Mill Theatre, HOME, New Queers on the Block and Leeds Playhouse. Their writing has been published in Gay Times, Nov 2020 issue and New Landscapes Anthology 2019 from Ohio based Lungs Project.