Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (contemporary, lgbtq+)

  • Summerhall - Demonstration Room
  • 13:00
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 18+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Max Percy and Friends
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Scenes of a sexual nature
  • Accessibility:
    Relaxed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Baklâ: noun, Tagalog. 1) homosexual; 2) unable to reproduce; 3) F*ggot. Homonhon Island, 1521. The start of 300 years of Spanish colonial rule, sparking a genocide across the islands now known as the Philippines. The loss of my ancestral homeland sends ripples through time, emitting a cultural amnesia. But is sex the best cure for a headache? Dishonesty, toxic coping mechanisms and the trials of self-liberation. Are you looking for a wild and sexy time? A daring one-person physical-theatre show about how intergenerational trauma takes shape in the modern Filipino.

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General venue access

  • Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, go behind the Royal Dick Pub, past Barney's Beer and Pickering's Gin; in the back courtyard on your right hand side is the Demonstration Room.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 8 August, 22 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Additional information: Information not supplied

Be aware that this show features:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Permission to move around and make noise

Show does not feature:

  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

The Scots Man Review too 103 days ago

Max Percy gives full on, all guns blazing account of what it means to be gay in a homophobic society. Only he knows what goes on behind the mirror. Long live the Baklâ!

David Cran 104 days ago

Fantastic show and highly recommend. So much in this show to unpack. Had me on the edge of my seat at times and truly engaged from start to finish. Funny, uncomfortable and everything in between. 5* performance

Gianluca 105 days ago

There are so many things in it: from acting to circus; from racism to self-discovery; from personal narrative to history; from comedy to discomfort. I loved it. Highly recommended!

Ariel Estrada 105 days ago

Fantastic show. One of the best shows I've seen ever about the gay Filipino experience in the western world. Max' physical storytelling is stunning and the his acting and writing is equally so. Inspiring, funny, and compelling movement and dance work. I can't recommend the show enough.

Giulia 110 days ago

Max is amazing. Fantastic stage presence; an hour flew by and it was incredibly entertaining and well put together. Highly recommended

James Wilkinson 110 days ago

Really strong performance that holds your attention - a good narrative with strong physical theatre. Manages to cover history and queer identity really well . Worth watching

Mx Mike 114 days ago

Wow! Just wow. Max somehow manages to pack queer identity, generational differences, acting, singing, dancing and acrobatics, all with a background of the occupations of The Philippines. Just astounding.

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Lost in Theatreland (4/5 stars) 106 days ago

This is a masterful hour of coquettish, expansive storytelling that moves between characters, styles, and media like a chameleon. An incredibly sure-footed piece of theatre.

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The Recs (5/5 stars) 107 days ago

Max Percy is indisputably a bold, inventive and deeply-intelligent theatre creator with a unique perspective that deserves your attention.

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Fest (3/5 stars) 107 days ago

An alluring exploration of sexuality and identity from Max Percy

Read the full review (5/5 stars) 110 days ago

The best physical theatre piece I’ve seen so far, it deserves a bigger audience and I urge you to catch this quite special piece

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Culture Fix (4/5 stars) 111 days ago

In Baklâ, Max Percy explores the damaging, lingering effects of intergenerational trauma in a beautifully pitched human manner. In its rich creativity, Baklâ blends physical theatre, history and a sharp humour, resulting is a gripping, thought-provoking watch.

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Disrupting Stages 114 days ago

It's a knockout and deserves to sell-out. Say you were there!

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