OUT + LOUD: Queer Open Mic, 14th November 2019
As a queer, dyslexic northerner, Jenny draws comics, writes plays and performs drag, united by an interest in illegibility.
Whilst studying German and Latin American culture at King’s College, Cambridge, Jenny took special interest in film, performance and queer theory, writing a final dissertation on sexual morality in early space travel film. They continue to work freelance as a translator for a German contemporary art gallery.
After winning the 2017 Cambridge Festival of New Writing with comic short play Curriculum Vitae, Jenny’s multi-media one-handler, I’m Having a Wonderful Time in BADEN-BADEN opened to a five-star review at the Corpus Playroom. A further piece was recently shortlisted for the Footlights’ Harry Porter Prize, adjudicated by Alex Horne.
Jenny is currently interested in experimenting with graphic forms. Their graphic poem Lightbulb Moment was published in The Mays XXVII, and they enjoyed completing Jacks of all Trades: Refusing Mastery – a graphic essay on gender, commissioned as part of the Yorkshire Dance Encounters Festival.
To further avoid any accusation of being specialised, Jenny explores the big queer question through comedy song as drag persona Ding Frisby. Performance highlights to date include the inaugural Cambridge Pride festival, London’s Man Up! drag king contest, and heading to the Edinburgh Fringe with their troupe, Dragtime!