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A Film Commissioned by Contact.

Access to this film has now ended – available until end of Friday 4 June 2021.

This film premiered at Queer Contact 2021.

Spilling the Tea is a guide to being seen and a lesson in disappearing. It’s an intimate yet explosive performance about coming out, fitting in and finding ways to belong.

When the make-up starts to crack, the magic fades and the world around you seems too complex, do you ever just want to escape?

Mark is inviting you on to the stage for an evening that will have you spilling tea, smashing biscuits and questioning what it means to belong. Expect music, storytelling, illusion and intrigue. It’s pure theatre, darling!

This film is captioned.

Content warning – Homophobic references, adult content and language.

Watch the trailer here!

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About Mark

‘Mark Croasdale is a Manchester based artist and theatre maker. This is the film premiere of his first solo show Spilling The Tea (previously developed under the working title Staying In).

Mark’s work probes human experience, intimacy and identity. It’s rooted in embracing vulnerability, fostering connection and finding joy in the unexpected.

He has previously received commissions for live art and theatre from New Trust Art (Letters From Egypt and Letters @ Lyme), Amnesty International (Anonymous) and The Homes and Communities Agency (Angels in Ancoats).


Writer and Performer Mark Croasdale

Director Lowri Evans

Script Consultant Keisha Thompson

Production Team Amy Chandler and Rob Athorn

Sound Designer Rory Howson

Film Team Modify Productions

Producer Lauren Banks

Outside Eye Cheddar Gorgeous

Image Lee Baxter

Commissioned and supported by Contact. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Originally supported by hÅb, STUN and Contact for Works Ahead 2019, Superbia at Manchester Pride and Creative Industries Trafford.

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    47 minutes
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Friday 4 June 11:30pm
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