'A gay, liberal, socialist who usually prefers playing women'  - The Guardian 

'Jay expertly surfs a wave of distain for political correctness ([He] has a confident and sometimes brutal adlibbing ability' - The Scotsman
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Simon Jay is a self-described genderfucked performance artist/satirist. 

 

He made his debut on Radio5Live in 2010 as part of a panel who won a writing competition to describe what they look for in a member of parliament. He wrote 'A human being'. He got to put questions to Caroline Lucas, Quentin Letts and distract Victoria Derbyshire by writing weird phrases over her notes. This insatiable desire to hold a mirror up to politcs and current affairs has continued unabaited ever since.

 

In 2015 he wrote Bastardography, a memoir about growing up gay, mentally ill and insatiably creative. It went to No.1 in the Amazon UK Bestseller Charts and was adapted into a solo-show. He has also done some tarty scripts and plays. His 2016 show Trumpageddon enjoyed two consecutive sell-out runs at Edinburgh and is currently on tour in the U.K. 

 

 

Simon likes to make a nuisance of himself in various mediums. He is currently working on creating an 'anti-national portrait gallery'; portraits of people who reject nationalism and white supremecy. 

 

'Wickedly steals the show with a torrent of cruel putdowns, libidinous asides & Valium drenched double-takes.' - The Stage                                                                                                            
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The Antinational Portrait Gallery

 

Friday 22nd June - Wednesday 27th June 2018, WhiteSpace Gallery, 76 EAST CROSSCAUSEWAY, EDINBURGH, EH8 9HQ
 

It's 2018, Nationalism is on the rise in Europe and the U.S. Why has an idea that led to the biggest organised slaughter of the 20th Century (WWII) become legitimised in a seemingly more enlightened age?

 

This exhibition of mixed-media portraits features people who reject, fight against or create alternatives to Nationalism. Exploring the idea that Nationalism is an archaic idea peddled by an unimaginative few rather than the rallying cry of the many.

 

#AntiNationalPortraitGallery

Trumpageddon 

An Edinburgh sell-out two years running. Trumpageddon follows the now 45th President Donald Trump as he comes to terms with unlimited power and influence. This immersive show is a unique chance to get as close to Trump as you'd ever want to. 

 

‘Remarkable satiric performance.’
**** British Theatre Guide

‘Provokes both fits of laughter and furious debate.’
**** The List 

 

Trumpageddon is represented by Seabright Productions. For touring enquiries contact: james@seabrightproductions.com

 

#Trumpageddon

Cabinet 31 

 

A Podcast about Childhood Films from a Queer Perspective

 

JRF and myself sit down and re-watch our old favourite childhood films whilst munching on mini sausage-rolls and glugging shlur.

 

Through the mists of carbohydrates we deconstruct why these films spoke to our burgeoning queer sensibilities. 

 

Our first two episodes include 'Return to Oz' and 'Wolves of Willoughby Chase'

 

Bastardography

 

From the age of 5 Simon saw reality as optional, and an option he didn't particularly like! Fraught with panic attacks, anxiety and bouts of depression he was a conflicted tot, throw in being gay on a rough council-estate and a love of art you begin to see why someone would want to check out. But he didn't and after 20 years, numerous breakdowns, Simon was diagnosed and began his recovery. You can either read Simon's story on e-book, buy the paperback or recording of the show (on patreon). He is also available to perform the show for your LGBT+ society, school or college.

 

contact@simonjay.co.uk for booking enquries. 

 

#Bastardography 

@JohnLewis - Never Knowingly Undertweeted

Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom - 3 - 37th Aug, Midday

(not Wednesdays) FREE

 

John Lewis is a ‘computer scientist, father of four, social liberal, atheist, and not a retail store’. John Lewis is also ‘a chain of high-end UK department stores’. Unfortunately for both Johns Lewis (no relation), the Twitter handle @johnlewis belongs to the former. This new show explores the Twittersphere’s enduring confusion between the two, and how one man from Virginia, USA, calmly handles daily complaints about too-high prices and belated deliveries. Performing across the road from John Lewis. And 3700 miles from John Lewis.

 

 

For all development, booking and broadcast enq: 

 

contact@simonjay.co.uk

 

Jaybird Productions: 

 

production@simonjay.co.uk

 

Personal Enquiries: 

 

simji@simonjay.co.uk

 

Anything else: 

 

misc@simonjay.co.uk

 

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