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Minor Disruptions [By Katie Paterson] 2.


I am a theatre maker and researcher, using queer and feminist practice to approach lived experiences, with a particular focus on comedy and the audience-performer relationship. I recently completed my PhD at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, exploring the potential of cabaret performance as a methodology to reveal the complexity of women’s experiences with hormone contraception.

I have shared work at the Barbican, Pleasance, Theatre503, Camden People's Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Museum of Comedy, VAULT Festival, Q Theatre Auckland and in consecutive seasons of Maiden Speech Festival. I have also given papers on my doctoral research at UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, Central’s Intersections Conference and TaPRA Symposium.

I toured my first solo show, Minor Disruptions, an absurd deconstruction of the queerness of childhood which featured dead hamsters, a drag tribute to Miss Trunchbull and a total failure to learn to juggle, despite the best efforts of many kind audience members. 

In 2019 I began work on Game Face, a gig-theatre collaboration with Lexi Clare and Lucy Park which toured to Auckland, New Zealand at the beginning of 2020. For this anarchic show about body image and beauty myths I was forced to learn the Ukulele, salsa dance and win several donut-eating races. 

My PhD practice research has led to the creation of Side FX, a contraceptive cabaret, which played VAULT Festival and Camden People’s Theatre.

I am Senior Creative Practice Tutor at Mountview, working with MA Performance students on their self-led projects and coordinate the Contextual Studies module for BA Production Arts at Guildhall School of Music & Drama; in both roles my teaching centres on contemporary performance and structural inequality. In 2022 I was awarded Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My PhD research is funded by Guildhall via the Arts & Health Studentship.

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