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A hyper-flamboyant sissy dare: vulnerable, ultra-visible and touring around the UK.
96 backers pledged £3,241 to help bring this project to life.

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The Sissy's Progress, an artistic response to an experience of homophobic violence, is touring the UK in the coming months, taking gender-queer visibility to unpredicted audiences.

Part dance-theatre, part walking performance, it confronts the violence of gender politics head on in a spectacle of surprise, questioning and hyper-flamboyance.

The performance extends years of work by Nando Messias on the visibility of the Sissy. It has him progress through the streets of the UK followed by a live marching band. Nando brings his usual fierce critique, rigorous choreography and haunting delicacy to original music composed by Jordan Hunt.

The project was piloted in 2014 on the streets of London, gaining backing from Arts Council England. It has now been programmed by several theatres and festivals around the country from Autumn 2015 - Spring 2016.

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Your backing will consolidate funding already secured and further our goal of reaching audiences who can't normally access such work. We'll be able to lead workshops to accompany our performances and advocate for the importance of the issue.

Check out Nando's video above (he says it much better) and support the Sissies!

Risks and challenges

Born out of a homophobic attack carried out in public, 'The Sissy’s Progress' takes place on the streets, because that’s precisely where such issues matter. Although risk itself is the subject matter, and we aim to have audiences taste that feeling, all performances are carefully stewarded to ensure health and safety.

The financial viability of the project is robust due to the funding already secured from Arts Council England and the venues hosting the performances. This campaign aims to extend the reach of 'The Sissy’s Progress' ever farther and wider.

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    You'll receive personalised on-the-road updates from our wonderful cast on tour through a series of postcards-one from each place we visit. Plus two production image postcards and a thank you on social media.

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    You'll receive a fabulous customised doll designed by Nando, plus a personalised thank you on social media.

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    You'll receive an invitation to rehearsals and post-show cocktails, plus personalised on-the-road updates from our wonderful cast on tour through a series of postcards.

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    Pledge £350 or more About US$ 430

    You'll receive a DIY Sissy Walk kit including your very own personalised track, plus on-the-road updates from our wonderful cast on tour through a series of postcards and a thank you.

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    The most elegant and entertaining traditional home-baked high tea hosted by Nando at his home in London. Plus personalised on-the-road updates from the cast, two production image postcards and a thank you.

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