Accelerator 2018 - Pete Lannon


FEELS is a continuation of a long-term enquiry for me into gender and emotion. I feel like I still see a lot of conventional portrayals of gender and how this interacts with expressing your feelings, and I want to disrupt these traditional ideas, to mess things up a bit. I'm super excited to develop the show and incredibly grateful for the support from Imaginate through Accelerator - I can't wait to get started!

—Pete Lannon

Pete Lannon of SUPERFAN has been selected to develop FEELS through Imaginate's Accelerator programme.

FEELS will be a new performance for ages 8+ about emotions and gender - the feelings we’re allowed to feel, the ones we’re told not to feel, the ugly ones, the funny ones, the sad ones. The feelings that we’re told don’t belong to us yet, or never will. The feelings that are ‘for girls’ or ‘for boys’. It will use choreography and live art practices to investigate how we express emotion and how this relates to our performance of gender, and to the social constructions of childhood/adulthood.

He will focus on the following main strands of enquiry throughout the creative process:

  • Exploring the differences between how we are told to express emotion depending on our perceived identities and how we really feel
  • The ways in which our emotional encounters are becoming ‘scripted’ by the media we consume, and how this is different from how we might naturally behave
  • The absence in particular of men openly talking about or expressing love, and being in love, in the stories we see repeated in our culture
  • The idea of ‘bad’ emotions that are deemed socially uncomfortable, forbidden or unsightly despite being natural (sadness, anger, grief, fear, loneliness) and the categorisation of other emotions as positive or good, and the ways that these can be used to control us or sell us things or perpetuate harmful narratives about ourselves
  • Queering the boundaries between gender and the expression of emotion
  • How these enquiries relates to children’s experiences of emotion and their gender


It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to.
Cry if I want to.
Cry, if I want to.

It’s nearly the end of the show. Imagine the wreckage of a child’s birthday party - one that had all of the cliches, and went horribly, hilariously wrong. The floor is covered in cake and jelly and confetti. Torn bunting and banners hang from the ceiling. A small fire has broken out amongst the remnants of a hideous piñata. Lesley Gore is playing at half-speed on the stereo. There are five people strewn about the stage. One is sitting softly crying into a pile of party popper streamers. Two are furiously wrestling over a bright pink fairy wand and a plastic gun. One – a clown - is apparently unconscious, broken crockery scattered around them. The other is unable to stop frantically dancing as blue, red and green lights flash and a disco ball spins.

Pete Lannon - lead artist/director

Aby Watson - performer/deviser

Craig Manson - performer/deviser

Claricia Kruithof - performer/deviser, 

Mark Bleakly - performer/deviser

Greg Sinclair - sound designer/composer

Mamoru Iriguchi - designer