Tatenda Shamiso tells the story of his experience as a Black transgender immigrant in the UK. From colossal tasks in the healthcare sector to tiny troubles at the post office, Tatenda searches for valid proof of the joyful life he lives — proof which is hard to find in our current system! It’s a story about a guy stalking himself, tracking his gender transition to prove he’s real, sifting through his childhood, adolescence and early adulthood to form a narrative that will please the many arms of our beloved government. Tender, wacky and a bit surreal, Tatenda uses the music he wrote throughout his first year on testosterone, alongside letters, signatures, and a whole lot of paperwork, to guide us through what it takes to validate Black and queer identities in the eyes of the law.
Tatenda (he/him) is an Afrosurrealist theatre-maker, writer and musician with origins from Zimbabwe, Belgium, the United States and Switzerland. He is also a scholarly researcher in Afrofuturism and its potential to deconstruct and rebuild our notions of gender, space and time. Central to Tatenda's work are themes of community, identity, and joy within the diaspora. He created two shows, 'NO I.D.' and 'Housewarming' as part of Theatre Peckham's Young, Gifted and Black season 2022.
Tatenda describes himself as a "silly little guy with a load of Black trans joy."
Cast & Creative Team Writer & Performer: TATENDA SHAMISO
Director: SEAN TING-HSUAN WANG
Designer: CLAUDIA CASINO