Date:Thu 23 Sep
Venue:J2 (seated reduced capacity event)
Price:Pay What You Feel

Presented by Emma Frankland

“We Are a Hearty Sisterhood”

We must bury our knowledge until the apocalypse passes.

Bearing wings made of sharp knives and shooting fireballs into the air, Emma Frankland weaves stories of trans ancestry with an interrogation of the controversial bio-technology of HRT. Hearty connects the cycles of fetishisation, violence and erasure that trans people have experienced for centuries. It’s messy, it’s on fire and it’s politically-charged.

Hearty is the fifth and final solo show in Frankland’s None of Us is Yet a Robot project – a series of performances which have been a response to her gender transition and the politics surrounding trans identity over the past seven years.

None of Us is Yet a Robot, Five Performances on Gender Identity and the Politics of Transition is published by Oberon Books and is available to buy from www.oberonbooks.com

Originally made with support from The Yard and Arts Council England.


This is a reduced capacity event to guarantee there is space for you to safely enjoy the performance.



"Hearty is an incredibly visceral and moving work of art, which captured me when I first saw it. I then went onto programme it at Roundhouse immediately, as I felt this show was able to build brilliant arch joining dots and manifesting an intricate narrative in a way that is very hard to achieve. I felt something bigger than us was being unearthed in front of my eyes, and it was completely moving to understand and see how this story - an ancient story - can speak to people from all around the world, no matter what language they use. Emma has a fascinating way of installing unease and uncomfortable truths in front of us in a safe and sacred space, forcing us to reflect, look around and look inside. With touches of magic and some really amazing aesthetic clashes, Emma’s work is something that can capture imaginations and minds."
– Malú Ansaldo, Roundhouse and Battersea Arts Centre

★★★★ "Brands don't lead revolutions. People like Emma Frankland do."
– The Guardian

“Hearty is a siren call to remember the trans warriors of the past and to prepare for the future… this is a performance that comes doused with fire, suffused in ritual, born of the pain and also a steely determination”
– Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

“Full of beautiful dark magic… Frankland is the punk rock angel of your dreams and nightmares"
– The Stage

“There is also something hymnal about the production. A sense of ritual drives her message home. Through fire, she connects with her queer and trans ancestors, channelling their beauty, their fear and their hope for the future. “
– A Younger Theatre

★★★★ – Wee Review


“Emma Frankland’s euphoric Rituals for Change is [a] near-perfect twinning of content and form. A hymn to mutability, an earthy, messy sacrament to constant evolution and alteration, it charts her gender transition in a series of gnomic, interlocking actions.”
– The Stage

“This is a body of work that is not only about trans identities and gender fluidity but in which these things become catalysts for an expansive exploration of the kind of lives we want to lead and the kind of world we want to live in. This is vital and extraordinary work”
– Andy Field, Forest Fringe

This is a reduced capacity event to guarantee there is space for you to safely enjoy the performance.

Warnings: This show contains reference to trans violence, erasure and genocide.

Age: 14+

Duration: 60 mins (no interval)

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J2 has flat floor access.

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