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Benjamin Dover presents 
Let’s Create NOT Apply: Man Spread

Friday 16th August 2024

Cafe / Bar open:            11:00

Event Begins:                  19:30

Tickets:                               Pay What You Feel

Running Time:                 Approx. 90mins (including an interval)

Age Rec:                             18+
Covid-19 Policy: We are no longer operating social distancing, and face coverings are encouraged but not mandatory–our policy is reviewed fortnightly.

Drag King, Benjamin Dover will try all sorts to get into your knickers.

As part of Let’s Create NOT Apply, Alphabetti Theatre is hosting Benjamin Dover’s Man Spread.

Benjamin Dover (They/Them) Basically, I'm a wannabe ladies man who tries WAY too hard. I'll do anything to get into your pants and often end up humiliating myself in the process. So come along for a laugh, or a flirt, or both.

COME ON!!! I'm not standing here wearing more bandages than tutankamun for nothing!!!

About the artist:

How many drag queens have you seen in the North East. Let me guess hundreds. Now think about how many kings you've seen? See what I said there. I want to equalise the playing field for kings and Queens. The drag community must stand side by side if we are to win the fight for LGBTQ+ equality. People really listen to our message if there're laughing.

About Let’s Create not Apply:

Let’s Create, Not Apply! is a much-needed platform for artists to perform – in today’s climate the life of a creative is all too often spent filling out applications and pitches instead of creating. Applying and waiting is a way of life for freelancers, and it needs to change!

This is a Festival for artists to CREATE instead of battling through the red tape of applications and funding.  A defiant shout against lack of creative opportunities and support in the arts. An opportunity to be a part of something wonderful and all too rare – a stage supported by community, not bids. This isn’t a march against trusts and funders (please don’t blacklist Alphabetti!) – it’s an open arm call to local talent to support and nurture creatives

Why “Joyful Punk”?


After 12 years at the helm, Alphabetti’s founder and Artistic Director Ali Pritchard is departing. His final season at Alphabetti Theatre, “Joyful Punk”, will begin in August 2024 and run until the end of 2024.


Punk symbolizes profound self-expression, boundless creativity, and a courageous defiance of societal norms. Punk has re-emerged as a powerful platform for social activism, embodying the belief that art holds the potential to reshape the world. Punk has evolved into a beacon for positive social and cultural transformation.


And why joyful? Well, we could all use a bit of joy in the world right now, and Alphabetti is ready to bring it…


So, despite our weariness and disillusionment with the current state of society, we refuse to merely lament. Instead, let's defiantly raise our voices and embark on a mission to instigate positive change – fuelled by joy, laughter, art, and community. This is Ali’s rallying goodbye.


How does this event fit into the theme of Joyful Punk?

“What's more punk than a spikey-haired lesbian dressed in the wrong clothes???.”

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