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Chloe Petts: Transience (Avalon Promotions)

By | Published on Sunday 28 August 2022

Given all the column inches dedicated to the latest ‘culture wars’ of late, Chloe Petts’ show definitely ticks a few newsworthy topic boxes: gender fluidity, tick; misgendering, tick; the politics of public toilets, tick. But this isn’t a polemic. Instead Petts is telling the story of how she “finally became the man she always wanted to be”, from critiquing adolescent efforts at femininity that occurred before she embraced her inner “laddishness”, to documenting various attempts to fit in with the blokes who, like her, hold season tickets at Crystal Palace FC. Petts’ experiences along the way – especially the different ways strangers act depending on what gender assumptions they make in the moment – are both very funny, but also provide some interesting context to culture war debates that can, at times, feel pretty context free.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Chris Cooke]