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The Gender Joker, Short Documentary

The Gender Joker Show: the hilarious subversive theatre-cabaret performance album takes you on a journey through multi-genre songs you know and love and twists them so you will never listen to them in the same way again! With the help of a variety of costumes The Gender Joker A.K.A Joey Hateley TransAction Theatre Company, ridicules, parodies and queers the westernized global music industry, using its own mass media against itself. De-constructing 'MTV' media, The Gender Joker questions who's reality is being represented, who is included, what messages are we being are force-fed and to who's benefit? With cutting political satire through a trans-feminist lens The Gender Joker invites you to reveal your dark side by assisting in the comedic perversion of: Justin Timberlake, The Beatles, Coldplay, Katy Perry, The Sound of Music, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Nat King Cole, Abba, Eminem, Faithless, Tears for Fears, Bonnie Tyler, Oliver the musical and more!

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Video edit by Lucas M Buigues http://www.albinomosquito.com

Video footage taken at Bar Wotever http://woteverworld.com
Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London 08/06/10 and 9/8/11 by

Chantal Bertalanffy http://shootingpeople.org/cards/ChantalBertalanffy
Filmpro limited http://www.filmpro.net

Photography by
Del LaGrace Volcano http://www.dellagracevolcano.com AbsolutQueer Photography http://www.absolutqueer.com
Rachel Saunders http://randomacts.posterous.com

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  • by Georgia Armitage, Emily Smith, Jessica Wheeler, Flora Winstanley, Manchester University students, Nov 2014
  • by Joey Hateley, Nov 2014
  • TransAction Theatre
  • The Gender Joker
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Queer, Transgender, LGBT, Documentary, Short, Student, Theatre, Performance, Experimental, Cabaret, art-activism
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 15, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • TransAction Theatre
    Country: United Kingdom
    Rights: Internet, Theatrical
Director Biography - by Georgia Armitage, Emily Smith, Jessica Wheeler, Flora Winstanley, Manchester University students, Nov 2014

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.