The weird and wonderful world of 1980s Gay small ads is uncovered in this episode. Leo is joined by Georgois Bourgeois, one half of extra-terrestrial duo Bourgeois and Maurice. With the help of post-doctoral researcher Jacob Bloomfield they analyse small ads for the Stud Gay Centre and Poppers by Post, chat about how queer advertising has changed over the decades and finally clear the stage for Georgois’ show-stopping ads-inspired cabaret turn.
Leo Skilbeck is a writer/director/creator for stage and screen and the artistic director of Milk Presents. Their work spans a decade of queer performance making, and they are co-creator of TRANS FILTH AND JOY, a large scale cabaret made with Trans Creative. For theatre their work includes cabaret Chekhov THE BEAR/ THE PROPOSAL (Young Vic), drag king play JOAN (winner of Off West End Award, Fringe First Award), and Associate Director on FUN HOME (Young Vic).
Writer and performer George Bourgeois is one half of acclaimed music-satire duo Bourgeois & Maurice. Born from the alternative cabaret and clubland scene of mid-00s London, B&M have gone on to tour the world with their brand of highly acerbic, ultra-contemporary cabaret. Outside of B&M George has worked as a voice actor for TV, toured with Clod Ensemble and is currently developing a new show about the world’s greatest flop musicals.
Jacob Bloomfield is a Zukunftskolleg Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Konstanz and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent. Jacob is currently in the process of completing his first book, Drag. A British History , and is also working on a separate book project about the career and legacy of musician Little Richard.