ALOK (they/them) is an internationally acclaimed author, poet, comedian, and public speaker. As a mixed-media artist their work explores themes of trauma, belonging, and the human condition. They are the author of Femme in Public (2017), Beyond the Gender Binary (2020), and Your Wound/My Garden (2021) and the creator of #DeGenderFashion: an initiative to degender fashion and beauty industries. In recognition of their work, they have been honored as the inaugural LGBTQ Scholar in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and awarded a GLAAD Media Award and Stonewall Foundation Visionary Award.
Over the past decade, they have toured in more than 40 countries, most recently selling out their runs at the Soho Theatre in London, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Kennedy Performing Arts Center. Their show has been described as “provocative and powerful” (CHORTLE), a “potent combination of comedy and poetry” (THE SCOTSMAN), and a “Jaw-dropping celestial event” (TO DO LIST LONDON).
On screen, they will make their feature film debut in Absolute Dominion opposite Patton Oswalt and next can be seen in Emmie Lichtenberg’s film Complicated Order opposite Midori Francis that premiered at OutFest Film Festival in July 2023. On television, they can next be seen in the third season of the critically acclaimed MAX series SORT OF opposite Bilal Baig. They have also appeared on Hulu’s Planet Sex with Cara Delevingne, ABC’s PRIDE: To Be Seen – A Soul of A Nation, Netflix’s Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness and The Trans List.
ELSZ is a harpist, singer, ritual (performance) artist and creative coach, their work is captivating, experimental, and refined over 14 years. They sculpt hypnotic musical productions that draw listeners back into their bodies and provide people with a space to heal and deep dive into their internal worlds. They are renowned for their enigmatic collaborations with critically acclaimed artists like Alok Vaid-Menon (US) and Liniker (Brazil) .
ELSZ released the first volume of their much anticipated album ‘Blue Scar’ in 2022, which is dedicated survivors and victims of gender violence. ELSZ has been recording the 4 part album with five time Grammy award-winning sound engineer, Jeremy Loucas at NYC’s oldest recording studio, Sear Sound. ‘Blue Scar’ Vol I features important voices from queer, feminist & diasporic communities to offer intimate windows into the experience of survival.
The raw, dulcet tones of ELSZ’s voice and their evocative live shows have reached audiences worldwide in over 35 cities across 20 countries. ELSZ was included in the Daily Beasts ‘The very best of SXSW 2018’ along side the likes of Princess Nokia. Music publications such as Indie Current, The Knockturnal and Purple Sneakers have compared ELSZ’ music to Kelela, Bjork, and FKA Twigs.
We are serving our Snack Menu at this show – order “Loaded Fries” in advance and save £1.50!
THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE KOMEDIA BASEMENT
SNACK MENU AVAILABLE