diRTy - excerpts from the live performance

diRTy is a cutting-edge theatrical journey to redemption through some of the darkest nights of the soul - an explosive, visceral portrayal of disintegration. Will we remain trapped by the chains that bind us or can we lead each other towards the light? diRTy is a beautiful waste; a multimedia perverted psychodrama and visionary extravaganza. This performance is a raw depiction of the taboos and excesses of humanity and a unique piece of trans- feminist theatre that asks: 'Where would you draw the line?’ Please sign up to TransAction’s mailing list through the website to see the live show www.TransActionTheatre.co.uk

  • Joey Hateley
  • Joey Hateley
  • TransAction Theatre Co.
  • Joey Hateley
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 14, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • TransAction Theatre Co
    Country: United Kingdom
    Rights: Theatrical
Director Biography - Joey Hateley

Joey Hateley is the Artistic Director of TransAction Theatre Company who creates innovative transformative cross-cultural performance on issues of identity, diversity, inclusion and empowerment. As a writer, director, educator and activist who creates interdisciplinary experimental work, Joey has collaborated with diverse organisations, such as the three- year project with Casa Trans in Ecuador; a photography project with trans sex workers in Thailand; running drama workshops with young people in India, Namibia, Peru and South Africa and devising a show with Peggy Shaw at the Drill Hall London, touring work across the UK, Australia, Belgium, Sweden, Canada and USA arts festivals.


"Joey Hateley is a very talented performer...the most willing I have ever met to put their body on the line"  (Peggy Shaw)

“Gender subversion at its most political and sexy!" (Chloe Poems)

"Joey Hateley could be the next Jean Genet" (Vaginal Davis)

"The Gender Joker is a shooting star! Style, talent and panache combine to not only educate and entertain but illuminate what could otherwise be a dark and dreary political passage" (Del LaGrace Volcano)

“A brave and powerful performance that blurs the lines between experimental theatre and performance art”.  (Garfield Allen, Artistic Director, green room).‘…funny and irreverent look at our notions of gender’ (Rainbow Network)
‘A stirring performer that throws some serious light on a current taboo.’  (Time Out)
“Incisive and insightful work… that rips up our notions of gender and asks us to start again” (DIVA).

"Joey Hateley is a highly skilled performer.  An androgynous appearance adds magic to ‘herms’ performances in which transformations unfold layer upon layer of gender constructions. Is he a he?  Is she a he?  Is he a she? Is she a she? Joey interferes with our assumptions and speculations, leaving the audience unsettled, entertained and curious." (Diane Torr, (2010) co-author Sex, Drag and Male Roles; Investigating Gender as Performance. University of Michigan Press).

“Continuing to press the personal into political service using performance as a consciousness raising tool, Hateley mixes the factual with the fictional in making explicit the impact of discourse on the bodies, lives and identities we inhabit”. (Deirdre Heddon (2008) Autobiography and Performance, Joey Hateley, ‘The Endurance of the Personal’. Palgrave MacMillan, Hampshire & New York).

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Director Statement

TransAction Theatre Company creates ‘Performance from the Periphery’ that responds to, and reflects the diversity within contemporary culture.  TransAction Theatre Company creates innovative, issue-based, experimental performance projects of the highest quality through the creation of culturally inclusive multi-art-form performance. TransAction collaborates with diverse communities, artists and organisations to create a multi-disciplined programme of socio-political cutting edge theatre projects. TransAction runs artistic and participatory cultural exchange projects that explore the ways in which we understand our own identity community and our place in the world. TransAction’s work focuses on awareness and exchange, empowerment and inclusion utilising theories of social change, theatre of liberation and politics of allegiance. TransAction uses creative exchange and exploration to build interconnection and understanding between different disciplines contexts and spaces.