UNDERGROUND ABSOLUTE FICTION
A Video Zine
Rumble Theatre's Tremors Festival
In association with the frank theatre company
October 28th - November 11th, 2020
Queers in Communist Poland used self-published magazines to organize, get laid, and forge a sense of identity. In the wake of the arrest of Polish trans activist Margot, a Polish-Canadian settler uses a fractured, video narrative to seek answers. Through letters, social media posts, and the music videos of a queer punk band, Underground Absolute Fiction complicates notions of “queer.” Created by Anais West, co-writer of Jessie Award-nominated musical Poly Queer Love Ballad, the show questions whether queerness can connect us across cultural rifts, or if it is just another site of Western Imperialism.
Anais West (Writer, Lyricist & Producer),
Fay Nass (Director),
Christian Yves Jones (Videographer),
khattieQ (Music Director),
Veronique West (Dramaturg),
Julia Siedlanowska (Cultural Consultant),
Claire Love Wilson (Performer),
Sara Vickruck (Performer/Music Adaptation & Transcription),
Eric Biskupski (Audio Engineer),
Kimberly Ho (Stylist).
Originally developed in a reading, as part of the 2020 Queer Arts Festival.