Double Bill: The Astrothot & Katy Baird

Double Bill: The Astrothot & Katy Baird

A week before the official Knotty festival of performance opens, we invite you to join us for this special warm-up event presenting two unique and radical performances exploring what it means to find your place in the world when you just don’t fit in.

The Astrothot: I am the future.

A strong-beaked bird named after Barack Obama, a fire-tailed titi monkey and a new pink river dolphin are among the new species recorded by the Living Amazon Initiative of the WWF Network. And now a ‘Deerbra’. Life as a hybrid animal (half zebra half deer) is complex yet could tell us much about the future of our species.

This participatory performance-come-school trip features groundbreaking biological science and pop music.

Workshy by Katy Baird

This remarkable debut performance work from artist and activist Katy Baird takes a brutally truthful look at her career of more than twenty years working within the service industry.

From getting you high to supersizing your whopper meal, Katy feels she has done everything she can to make the public happy and she isn’t sure if she has much left to give.

With unflinching humour and a provocative performative style Workshy is a powerful and honest portrayal of the relationship between work, class and aspiration.

messy, anarchic and very funny’ –  The Stage

Baird is a brilliant, clever and funny performer’. – Exeunt

A really great piece of theatrical social commentary’ – Vice


Tickets available online with a limited number on the door

This double bill is part of the Knotty festival of performance taking place from 6-9 June 2019.

Buy a Knotty Festival pass for just £45/40 concession


Venue is wheelchair accessible – full access info on White Rock website

More about the artists

The Astrothot lives and works in Birmingham. Their work explores ideas of ‘race’, cultural, identity and their relationship to health & wellbeing. I am the future. is a work-in-progress showing from a longer work that is currently being developed. 

Katy Baird is an artist who often finds herself in uncomfortable situations of her own making!

Katy has performed at Live Art festivals and venues as well as squat parties, clubs and raves. Her recent solo studio-based performance Workshy, a show about work and the things we do for money, has toured internationally to over 30 cities. Her performance project ReDress, exploring identity and consumption is currently ongoing.

She has received commissions from the Wellcome Trust, The Yard Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre and Duckie, amongst others. Since 2016 she has been artist in residence at queer club night Knickerbocker.

Katy Baird images by Guido Mencari
The Astrothot images by Greg Goodale

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