Created and Performed by Jo Tyabji
Produced in association with Milk Present

Motherland is a visceral full bodied dragged up howl of a show exploring nationalism, identity and our ability to speak out.

Some people say it’s about British values. Some people say it’s not about intolerance, it’s about not
tolerating intolerance. Some people say they don’t mind change but it’s happening too fast. And what do you say?

In Motherland Jo Tyabji unapologetically reclaims the voices of politicians, YouTubers, British Indians and OCIs. In an era of India Rising and people Taking Back Britain, this is a show that asks: who are you, first?

Motherland is created and performed by Jo Tyabji (My Name Is My Own and What’s Far is Near – Southbank Centre, Lovely Ugly City – Almeida).

Produced in association with Milk Presents and supported by Arts Council England, In Good Company, The Bush and Battersea Arts Centre.

Audience Feedback:

“A Tour De Force” Derby Theatre’s Artistic Director

“Phenomenal.. I was blown away” Audience Member

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“Magical transformations of a heretical heroine…comic fizz, emotional ballast and cross-dressing that looks like sorcery”

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“A bruising, brilliant show”

Fest Mag

“A triumphant solo show”

The Stage

“Powerful, dynamic and irreverent”

The Scotsman

What happens when a disguise becomes something a lot more real and you have to fight for who you really are?

An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope, this is Joan of Arc. Performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, history’s greatest gender-warrior takes to the stage, dragging up as the men she defies in this smash-hit show. Packed with guts and heart, JOAN is a fusion of lyrical new writing and cabaret.

This is a timely and refreshing look at one of history’s most famous heroines, exploring the salient themes of identity, courage and belief.

JOAN was produced by Milk Presents in association with Derby Theatre and supported by BBC Performing Arts Fund and Arts Council England.

All performances of JOAN are captioned unless otherwise stated. See our Access page for details.


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In Development

Marty and The Party

There’s a party. It’s sure to be arty. There’ll be giggles and nibbles and the dress code is “smartly”. 

Grab your invite, we leave at three – but something’s not right – where could Marty be? 

Help Marty and friends dance their way to the biggest party of the year! 

In association with Derby Theatre, Milk Presents bring young audiences, their families and friends an utterly charming show about finding your own groove and having a ball! 

Created by Milk Presents

Written by Leo j Skilbeck 

Directed by Jo Tyabji 

Perverts Podcast

The Pervert’s Podcast is a brand new queer audio cabaret from She Wants a Dog and Milk Presents. In partnership with Derby Theatre.

The Pervert’s Podcast recorded live at The Royal Vauxhal Tavern, specially for a podcast audience, will star an artefact from the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive at The Bishopsgate Institute each eposide. Hosted by Milk’s Leo J Skilbeck and accompanied by queer historian, activitst and film-maker Campbell X, they will invite a member of the queer cabaret elite to join them on stage and make a response to the “artefact of the week”.

Working with She Wants a Dog regular sound designer Iain Armstong to edit and score the podcast, with a specially developed theme tune from Seiriol Davies.