We have reached the end of our three months of touring the UK and Ireland and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank every venue and audience for their support for both Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) and Retro(per)spective.
We began at the wonderful Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts where UXO was welcomed to the UK with two sold out performances and lots of politically-charged conversation. Then Wales Millennium Centre, where the Welsh hills and Cardiff Bay provided beautiful scenery and a strong sense of community.
In Ireland we were greeted by the warmth and sunshine at Live Collision Festival and took advantage of the 'Age and Opportunity' of the Bealtaine Festival. We drank enough Guinness to last the rest of the year, walked along the cobble streets with everything crossed for the yes vote, embraced the Galway girls and enjoyed Sligo’s beautiful beaches.
And then there was the Barbican, where old friends and new friends joined us for a sell-out five night run which exceeded all of our hopes and expectations. And we must have had an impact - even on the Barbican buildings and surrounding area - because they discovered an actual WW2 unexploded ordinance in the neighborhood the day we left!
After that we were indeed taken somewhere with Take Me Somewhere Festival in Glasgow! We were transported into the bustling queer community, made new friends with the LipSinkers and caught up with old friends from the Arches days.
And then it was time to park Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) for a short while, and get trendy with our archives, looking back at our greatest hits with Retro(per)spectiveat Battersea Arts Centre in London and at Warehouse9 in Copenhagen. BAC may be a bit far away but we were happy so many of you made the journey to look back at our performance journey! Copenhagen provided an audience made up almost entirely of lesbians over 60 - which was just a dream! A huge thank you to Osborn&Møller for their care, hospitality and beers at Warehouse9. How refreshing it was to see venues with the same DIY, queer ethos as the WOW café existing today. It was the loveliest end to a great three months for us. Plus we had a great swim in the cleanest city sea water in the world!
Thank you all for your support, encouragement and presence throughout this tour. Now it’s time for a little break! But we’ve got lots lined up for the rest of the year in the US and UK, so please do keep up to date and follow our social media for all the latest news!