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Join us as we bring the history of pantomime and music hall to life and explore how these popular forms of entertainment have shaped changing attitudes towards gender for over 200 years.

Inspired by original archive materials held in at the University of Kent’s Special Collections and Archives and the investigations of the Beyond the Binary research team, this brand new performance-lecture brings music, comedy and history together to offer a fun-filled evening of discovery featuring names both familiar and forgotten.

Starring the live art and folk duo, the Lunatraktors, comedian Mark Thomas, and the academic expertise of Dr Helen Brooks and Dr Olly Double, Rowdy Dowdy Boys and Saucy Seaside Girls is a free performance lecture as part of the AHRC Beyond the Binary research project.

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This event is free but ticketed.

Beyond the Binary: Rowdy Dowdy Boys and Saucy Seaside Girls

Thu 29 September


ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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