Motherland - punching fascists in the face through the medium of drag.

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 unapolgetically reclaims the voices of politicians, you-tubers, 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 – Southbank Centre, What’s Far is Near – Southbank Centre, Lovely Ugly City – Almeida).


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


About the Company

Jo trained in physical theatre with the Jasmin Vardimon company at RHUL, and through practice based workshops with Odin Teatret, Nola Rae, Diakonos, Theatre de l’Ange Fou and others. She is Co-Artistic Director and founder of ivo theatre, and Company Associate at Milk Presents. She drags as Joé de Vivre performing fascism related material at Somerset House, the Cocoa Butter Club, Resistance Galleries and the Styx (London) and Sitara Studios (Mumbai). She is also a director, and has held residencies at the Almeida, the National Theatre Studio, Old Vic New Voices, FUSE Arts Bradford and Canada Water Culture Space.