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Hearty is about how we can be prepared for the challenges of modern trans existence.

“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 tackles the current media fascination with trans lives and interrogates the controversial biotechnology of HRT.

In part, a response to her experiences with trans people in Brazil, Sulawesi and Turtle Island – Hearty is about how we can be prepared for the challenges of modern trans existence, whilst listening to our ancestors and preparing the way for those who will come after us.

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

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“Emma Frankland is the punk rock angel of your dreams and nightmares” 

The Stage

“Hearty is a siren call to remember the trans warriors of the past and to prepare for the future, the coming storm. This is a performance that comes doused with fire, suffused in ritual, born of pain and also a steely determination.” 

Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor

“A ferocious cry for the safety of trans women, Brands don’t lead revolutions. People like Emma Frankland do”. 

The Guardian ★ ★ ★ ★


This event is part of Queer Contact. Each February, as part of LGBT History Month, Queer Contact’s programming converges in a festival of events – Queer Contact Festival – featuring the best performance, music, spoken word, dance, theatre and visual art with local young people and performers interacting with the best UK and international talent.


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  • Price
    Full Price: £15 | Under 35: £10 | Concessions: £8 | Contact Members: Free
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA

  • Ages
  • Running
    60 mins
Date Time & Place
Thursday 17 February 7:30pm
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