Emma Frankland

Theatre artist, writer and performer

Emma Frankland is an award-winning theatre-maker and performer. Visually stunning and playfully destructive, her practice has focussed on politically motivated performances surrounding issues of gender and identity (relating to her own experience as a trans woman) recently published by Oberon Books as “None of Us is Yet a Robot - Five Performances on Gender Identity and the Politics of Transition”. It’s a remarkable body of work that encompasses the past decade of trans politics in the UK.

Emma’s diverse collection of work includes “We Dig” (a show which literally demolished Ovalhouse theatre with a company of 19 trans women and femmes); an anarchic adaptation of “Don Quijote”; and “Galatea”, a 500 year old queer love story. She has collaborated with many artists including Rachel Mars, Travis Alabanza and Jo Clifford and with multiple organisations in the UK and around the world including the Young Vic, Buddies in Bad Times, Stratford International Festival, the BBC and the Marlborough Theatre.

“Emma Frankland is the punk rock angel of your dreams and nightmares…” (The Stage)

 

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Toward a Trans Canon
Essay

Toward a Trans Canon

26 May 2020

In the penultimate installment of the series, Emma Frankland details her experience staging a trans takeover of the canon with a cohort of trans, Two-Spirit, and non-binary artists. The article includes a set of recommendations for creating trans-affirming theatre spaces created by Emma and her collaborators.