Eilidh MacAskill


Presented by Contact + Word of Warning during Queer Contact 2016

In Brief

Donning her chaps to ask if size really does matter, MacAskill delivers a full-frontal assault on penis envy, female masculinity, horses & DIY; see trailer.
Tell me about it, Stud…

Now that it’s over, read reviews from The Stage + Greg Thorpe.

Venue + Booking Details

Dates: Thursday 4 — Saturday 6 February 2016, 9.30pm
Venue: Contact (space 2), Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA
Tickets: £13/7 | Ticket offers are available at Contact, please see below.
Box Office Tel: 0161 274 0600

Access Information

Age advisory: 16+ With no interval, the show lasts approximately 50 minutes. Primarily English spoken word, features nudity, strong language and sexual themes. For specific age and access information please email info@habarts.org or call 0161 232 6086.


Well, Dr Freud tells me I’m missing something and I think he’s right. He tells me that until I get over it and turn my desire for that missing thing into a desire for a baby I’m gonna be in deep shit. He also tells me he doesn’t really get chicks…

Invoking the ghost of Sigmund Freud, this energetic solo works through MacAskill’s penis envy, while displaying her undeniable womanhood… through crotchless chaps! Aided by a macho cowboy, a hysterical woman with anger issues, a patriarchal DIY expert and the famous talking horse, Mr Ed, she ponders if she does, indeed, have penis envy — or if it’s all a load of bollocks!

A stripped-back solo show for anyone who likes their psychoanalysis heteronormative and their cowboys in the buff.

Who is she?

Glasgow-based, Eilidh MacAskill creates performances and projects that sit somewhere between theatre, live art and visual art, inspired by nature and how we human animals live in the world. She is Artistic Director of Fish & Game, making entertaining experimental performances, particularly for children, and is a freelance performer.

STUD represents a shift in her practice and is part of a wider enquiry into gender and queer theory called the Gendersaurus Rex project: supported by Imaginate, it looks particularly at representation of queerness, sexuality and difference in children’s theatre, and Gendersaurus Rex: The Clothes Show will appear later in February during Haphazard 2016.

What people have said about STUD

…fully-frontal assault …it’s whimsical. And hilarious
Mary Brennan, The Herald
…MacAskill’s performance is full of kinks as she offers a challenge to misogyny.
Amelia Forsbrook, Exeunt


Developed at BUZZCUT (April 2015) Residency, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.


eilidhmacaskill.com | @EilidhUkulele | Queer Contact 2016

Ticket Offers available during Queer Contact 2016

• Book for 2 Queer Contact 2016 shows (incl. STUD) + get 10% off;
• Book for 3 Queer Contact 2016 shows (incl. STUD) + get 15% off;
• Book 6 (full or concession) tickets for STUD + get £1 off each ticket;
• Buy 10 (full or concession) tickets for STUD + get your 11th free.
T&Cs: tickets must be booked in a single transaction, offer cannot be applied retrospectively; exclusions apply, visit contactmcr.com/ticketoffers for details.

Performance Programme Spring 2016

Thu 4 — Sat 6 Feb, 9.30pm.
| Queer Contact
Sat 20 Feb, 12noon-4pm. FREE | Z-arts
Haphazard 2016
Fri 4 Mar, 7.30pm.
By donation
| STUN Studio at Z-arts
This is not a magic show
Sat 12 Mar, 8pm. £13/7 | Contact
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