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It’s a really personal and powerful show, but it’s also comedic, accessible, fun and light,” Edalia Day says of their show, Too Pretty To Punch. The one-person performance is a spoken word show coming to ARC in Stockton on Wednesday 26th February, and explores gender, the media and how it feels to not fit into any boxes. Day, a spoken word artist, video designer and theatre maker has created a show that is radically different to traditional theatre. The show is me onstage performing spoken word poetry and songs, says Edalia. I use a bunch of different characters, interactive video projections and my banjo to create a show that will tear up ideas of gender and beauty. As both writer and performer, Edalia notes that their key aim was to make a show about being transgender. “There’s so much misinformation in the mainstream media about being trans,” they note. “I thought, I can make a difference by unpacking all of the rumours spread by the media which misrepresent trans people. I use metaphors in the show to explain complicated ideas in a simple way. There’s a whole section in the show about boxes, and about people trying to put me, and other trans people, in boxes.’  

As audience responses have shown, Edalia’s show is affecting the lives of trans and non-trans people alike. “It’s been really rewarding. So many people who aren’t trans just don’t get trans people because of what the media’s told them. But I’ve had non-trans people coming up to me saying that I’ve changed their viewpoints.” Edalia is determined to use the show to create an alternative, more truthful and authentic narrative about trans people. “This show is me onstage righting all of the wrongs. I know I’ve got to fight this fight and tell this story.” 

I can make a difference by unpacking all of the rumours spread by the media which misrepresent trans people

Hailing from Swindon, Edalia recalls how they noticed a contrast between the LGBT scenes of big cities, and the lack of LGBT scenes in smaller towns. “I take the show to places with trans visibility, but I made it more for places like Swindon where it is dangerous to be visibly trans. That’s why I haven’t just made the show for LGBT people.” The show is also suitable for kids, with the hope that it will open up conversation between parents and their children. “So many queer stories are sexual. But my show is totally suitable for kids. I had a trans woman who brought her child to the show, which was such a rewarding experience.” 

The show features the banjo, video projections and comedy, with the finale featuring fifteen trans and non-binary artists from all over the world. “The finale features different artists, and is about the journey of growing up as a trans person.” 

For Edalia, at the heart of the show is love. “There’s so many myths that it is impossible for trans people to find love. But that isn’t true. By coming out as trans I started to find love. Love is there for everyone.” 

Edalia Day’s Too Pretty To Punch is at ARC, Stockton on Wednesday 26th February 


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