World premiere of modern variety show Short and Sweet is coming to The Lowry

The show will consist of nine new works spanning the disciplines of drag, drama, queer culture, lip-syncing, design, satire and dance

Created by Daniel Hay-Gordon and Eleanor Perry, the world premiere of Short & Sweet will open at The Lowry on Tuesday 18th January 2022 before heading to the London International Mime Festival at the Barbican.  

A thoroughly modern variety show, Short & Sweet is a celebration of Thick & Tight’s 10-year anniversary.

The show will consist of nine new works spanning the disciplines of drag, drama, queer culture, lip-syncing, design, satire and dance.  

To mark the company’s 10th anniversary Thick & Tight will be joined on stage by Corali Dance Company, leaders in dance created by artists with a learning disability, and the Camberwell Incredibles, an arts collective of practising artists and learning diverse adults, in a throwback to their first work in 2012 about the poet Edith Sitwell. 

Short & Sweet is the product of our desire to celebrate and showcase people in all their differences and promote creative solidarity,” said Daniel Hay-Gordon.

Photo: Paul Karalius

“Being able to give this work its world premiere at The Lowry is particularly special,” said Eleanor Perry.

“We are currently part of The Lowry’s ‘Developed With’ Artist Development programme and the support we have received has enabled us to ensure our values are at the heart of the work we create.”

Harry Alexander, Oxana Panchenko, Azara Meghie and Connor Scott will also take to the stage to bring an array of famous and infamous characters to life including Sid Vicious, Twiggy, Grace Jones, Rasputin and avant-garde duo, John Cage and Elaine Paige

Daniel Hay-Gordon and Eleanor Perry established Thick & Tight in 2012.

Their award-winning work has been shown at Sadler’s Wells, Southbank, Royal Opera House, Tate Britain & Liverpool, Wilton’s Music Hall, Britten Pears Arts, Brighton Fringe, Sydney Fringe, Stockholm Fringe, Sophiensaele Berlin, Duckie and many more.

Their work reaches dance, theatre, cabaret, gallery and festival audiences, often within a queer context where it is most at home.

Trained at Rambert School, Daniel and Eleanor work extensively as freelance performers and choreographers in the UK and beyond.

“Thick & Tight are an exciting, ambitious company, and it’s been fantastic to work with them over the past few months as part of our ‘Developed With The Lowry’ programme,” said Antonia Beck, The Lowry.

“We are delighted to be presenting their latest show Short & Sweet in the Quays Theatre, which not only marks the company’s 10-year anniversary but also celebrates their distinctive approach to making work – championing diversity, collaboration and difference.”

Short & Sweet will premiere at The Lowry on 18th and 19th January 2022. Tickets are available here.


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