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Fishwives Revenge

A playful, satirical and absurd performance on Porthmeor beach and at Tate St Ives as part of the We Are Invisible We Are Visible WAIWAV, which took place on 2 July 2022.

Watch the short film now: ​​​​​​​FISHWIVES REVENGE on Vimeo​​​​​​​

Alex Billingham’s queer melodrama reenacts the mythical battle between human, deity and the sea. Over two thousand years ago the Roman Emperor Caligula declared war on Neptune, God of the ocean. Now it’s time for an ultra-glam rematch.

Billingham uses experimental theatre and film to explore genderqueer, trans and disabled experience. In Fishwives Revenge, the sea and its tides symbolize the intersectional spaces of Billingham’s own identity and the continually changing landscape of the artist’s body.

'Fishwives Revenge reflects my experiences of existing with a fluid body; my everyday normal shifts from second-to-second depending on a thousand micro factors. In this performance every little defect gets respect. My disability and queerness sit beside me in the work, ever present but never defining me.'
Alex Billingham