Combining celebratory stories about gender identity and expression with the power of music and the brilliance of emerging artists, Too Much Hair is a new musical cabaret about gender euphoria. Created in conversation with the gender diverse community in Ōtautahi and Pōneke, Too Much Hair highlights the joy of being oneself and having diverse expressions of gender. Let's celebrate the destruction of the gender binary with confetti cannons, high heels and way too much hair. Featuring Ania Upstill, William Duignan and Daniel Hudson.
Our title, Too Much Hair, is inspired by a poem by Hone Tuwhare, from an edition illustrated by Ralph Hotere, where God is described as 'A faceless /hermaphrodite /in turns /displaying/ much lovingness/ much stern-ness/ too much hair'. Reading this line made us think about gender diverse people today. Too Much Hair can refer to feminine people who choose not to follow stereotypes and shave; to masculine people who choose to grow their hair long; and to a multitude of other gender expressions. It is also a playful reference to the famous musical Hair. Many of us, at one moment or another, have felt that we've just got too much bloody hair.