SQUIDZ and the Safe Space Pop Up were born from lived experience + an urgency to bring the thing Miss Annabel Sings belives is most important to our community... JOY!
Specifically Queer Joy. What does Queer Joy mean for you?
For Miss Annabel Sings and Dolly DeliciousJOY permeates all their work. Growing up in the 1980s, silenced and made fearful by section 28 ; unable to verbalise or vocalise their Queerness they found puppetry and drama as a way to express themselves and feel part of a world that didn't feel very safe for them. They promised never to be silenced again and help others to feel the joy of who they are and that they belong. It is with great pleasure to bring these events to Rainbow families and LGBTQIA+ Kids, especially in a political climate that is feeling like we are going backwards and not forwards.
No child should feel scared to explore who they are.
Every child has the right to access community and culture.
This is video was commissioned for LGBT Youth Scotlands Pride and Pixels online event in 2021. It was this video that seeded the idea that grew into the many tentacled creature that is now SQUIDZ!
SAVE THE DATE!
SQUIDZ BIG TOP
with Hula Hoop Skill share from Think Circus + special guests
ROLL UP ROLL UP SQUIDZ!
THE SQUIDZ BIG TOP CIRCUS IS IN TOWN FOR ONE AFTERNOON ONLY
AND RINGMASTER MAS NEEDS YOU!
Sunday 21st May 2023
(doors open to SQUIDZ at 12pm)
At a fully accessible venue in Edinburgh (with plenty of parking)*
You will need to register for this FREE event via Eventbrite
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Expect a fast paced afternoon celebrating the wonderful world of circus…
Miss Annabel Sings (who started her career over 20 years ago as a clown on the cabaret stages of London) and the puppet gang will be sharing some very special acts for you to enjoy.
We have jaw dropping circus acts! We have clowns (some of whom you may know!)! In the side show we have noisy ghosts who haven't been onstage in 125 years! We have Splat the Rat and other funfair games with prizes to tickle your funny bones! We have face painting! We have The Amazing Phil! We have bubbly boogie dance floor! We have death defying puppet acrobatics all the way from Paris, France!
We have it all here under the SQUIDZ Big Top
but what we don't have (yet) is YOU!
What else to expect? We are delighted to invite KAT from Think Circus to this event. She will be shooting off the afternoon - no not in a cannon- but with a 45 minute hula hoop skill share session for SQUIDZ big and small. Think Circus is an Edinburgh based CIC who aim to improve lives via sharing their love of the fine art of circus with communities via workshops and performances. Find out more about them here
If you or your SQUID has has a fun party trick or circus/acrobatic skill to share to the group there will be room at the open stage
Circus costume is encouraged but lack of won't bar entry.
We LOVE to dress up here at SQUIDZ ! We also have a facepainter on hand
to give you some circus sparkles.
We can't wait to host you at this free puppet party event especially for Rainbow families with SQUIDZ age 0-13. All versions of rainbow family are welcome but adults will not be admitted to the event without an accompaniying SQUID.
This is a Safe Space Pop Up event and not open to public
SQUIDZ is funded by Creative Scotland's Create:Inclusion fund