News: Butch Mermaid Productions Presents "A Bit Too Much Hair" as Part of June's 2024 Queerly Festival

Butch Mermaid Productions will present A Bit Too Much Hair, written by Ania Upstill and William Duignan, as part of the 2024 Queerly Festival with FRIGID New York at UNDER St. Marks (94 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009) with performances on Tuesday, June 18 and Monday, June 24 at 7pm.

Butch Mermaid Productions believes that representation matters - you can’t be what you can’t see. Putting positive queer and trans stories on the stage helps us not just survive but thrive, so Butch Mermaid makes art that celebrates the beauty of embracing your authentic self because visible joy is a political act in the struggle for equality.

With A Bit Too Much Hair, Butch Mermaid invites audiences to join “a big, silly party where transness is centred and everyone is welcome!” (Theatreview). A Bit Too Much Hair is a gender-euphoric musical cabaret for thems, mens, femmes, and everyone in between. The 2022 New Zealand premiere was nominated for Excellence Awards for Theatre for Social Change and Best Ensemble at the 2022 Wellington Theatre Awards, and in 2023 A Bit Too Much Hair garnered four- and five-star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe. You won’t want to miss it! After all, "[h]owever you express your gender, and whatever form it takes, Butch Mermaid make you feel at home instantly in this uproarious gender reveal party for the ages" (Binge Fringe 2023).

The Queerly Festival cast will feature Evan Michael Smith (he/she/they), an alumnus of Wagner College and Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin who has performed in musical theater internatinally;    Kendall Perry (he/they), a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, and artist exploring the in-between, liminality, and connection in their work; and Ania Upstill (they/them), a queer and trans performer, director, theatre maker, and clown most recently seen performing their solo work Transhumance in the Millenium Stage Series at the Kennedy Center.

Tickets ($25/$20) for A Bit Too Much Hair are available for advance purchase at The performance will run approximately 60 minutes.


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