Trans Tales: Musically Moving Museums

Trans artists and drag performers bring a ferocious, funny and heartfelt piece of work to the V&A. It harnesses the ongoing role of musicals in exploring and celebrating gender non-conformity

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Paintings Gallery, Room 87, level 2

  • Free event

This special series of performances is curated by Cas Bradbeer (they/them), who will be compèring the piece. CYRO will be delivering a bang of Blasian trans pride and political parody, the vocal powerhouse Carrot will be dancing and singing with trans joy, and George will be presenting a medley of spoken word and music exploring their non-binary identity.

Event times are at 13:00 and 15:00 for a 30-minute performance.

More about each artist:
• CYRO is a Blasian drag king/thing performed by the artist Ishmael Kirby (he/they). Their live singing exudes political ferociousness and heartfelt celebrations of the black trans experience. CYRO draguated from the Soho Drag and Cabaret Lab in 2019. Since then, they've performed at iconic venues like Shakespeare's Globe, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, and Glastonbury Festival.

• Carrot (they/them) is “everyone’s favourite drag vegetable” (TimeOut London). They create colourful, camp, chaotic queer joy up and down the UK through cabaret shows. They sing, compère and produce shows including The Enby Show - featuring the UK's finest non-binary (‘enby’) live art talent. They’ve graced all kinds of stages with their enby excellence, up and down the country on stages big and small, from West End stages to basement bars and now the V&A!

• George the Dragon is a drag persona performed by the artist George Parker (they/them). In 2022, their comedic-political spoken word work led them to be crowned Disabled and Queer Artist of the Year. They also co-founded Queer Stage Revolution, a co-operative organisation promoting queer and disabled artists. George has performed at a wide range of venues, from the Edinburgh Fringe to Pride in London, the Royal College of Art, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and London Fashion Week.

Header image: CYRO - photograph taken by Frankie Richardson. Carrot - Photograph taken by Emma Jones. George - Photograph taken by Paul Fuller.