Tom Marshman on Beacons, Icons and Dykons
Tell us about Beacons, Icons and Dykons…
BID is interested in the oldie worldly, the forgotten, the kitsch and the camp. We run film nights where we sometimes, cheekily don’t play all the film. The film is interrupted with hit and run performances that seem to overtake the film or move the audience from being a passive audience to being very present in the room.
We have hosted all kinds of performers from Lois Weaver to Bette Bourne to Lucy McCormick to Liz Clarke. The emphasis is defiantly on a fun night out and embarrassing chaos and mayhem but amongst all the glitter, balloons and campery are some poignant, raw performance that illuminates new perspectives from the artists we work with.
How did you start doing the BID events?
About 6 years ago, I was having a conversation with a programmer in a cinema in Bristol about the lack of queer or LGBT focused stuff happening in Bristol. She asked me to put on a night at the venue we were in (The Cube Cinema) and see how it would go. I think that’s what happened…. It’s funny though I haven’t seen that programmer since!
I remember saying can we call it Beacons, Icons and Dykons and she said yes, that’s how I remember it.
We screened John Walters’ Pink Narcissus and we had performances from Paul Hurley and Liz Clarke (who are both coming to Exeter for Pink Narcissus). I remember Paul licked the whole of the stage, as a response to the late great, Drag Superstar Divine eating when the star infamously consumed fresh dog faeces. Since then Bristol has lots of events with a queer flavour, so we are part of a wider picture.
Tell us about Pink Narcissus and why you picked it…
The colours in the film are amazing, it was filmed on a low budget and DIY in style filmed over many years, its very beautiful and dream like and the film is a real labor of love for the director James Bidgood. It has been described as a unique experience in visual fantasy. It’s so erotic the last time I watched it I had to switch it off because I wanted sex immediately.
Who will be performing at your Pink Narcissus event in October?
As I say Paul Hurley and Liz Clarke and there will be a collaboration with Lennie from Panic Lab.
What can we expect?
In 2 words! Colorful Sex!
Tell us about The Wiz and why you picked it…
The Wiz is a retelling of the Wizard Of Oz in the context of modern African-American culture. It has some great songs and an amazing cast, including Michael Jackson and Dianna Ross.
Who will be performing at The Wiz event in November?
Paul Varjack, Steve Nice, Carbon Monoxide, Owen Ridley-DeMonick.
What can we expect?
The film is very long so we have cut this one down a bit, but I will be acting as a narrator, just in case anyone has forgotten the story of Dorothy, The Wizard, The Scarecrow, the lion and the tin man. It makes the film more exciting when you never know when a performance is going to happen next. It will be camp and fun but also with important and necessary messages for example Owen Ridley-DeMonick, dance piece will critiques representation of the black body within film and entertainment.
Why should we come?
Beacons, Icons and Dykons is moving more into Devon and Cornwall, we have noticed less visibly LGBTQ events in these area and are keen to bring our colourful take on it. We see it very much as a community of audience and performers. So I think you should come because WE ARE FAMILY.