Theatre (drama, performance art)

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  • Traverse Theatre - Traverse 2
  • 18:45
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Hackney Showroom
  • Warnings and additional info: Real meat is used on stage. Haze. Loud noises. Themes of harassment and assault. Strictly no latecomers.
  • Accessibility: 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


Hurled words. Thrown objects. Dodged burgers. After someone threw a burger at them and shouted a transphobic slur, performance artist Travis Alabanza became obsessed with burgers. How they are made, how they feel and smell. How they travel through the air. How the mayonnaise feels on your skin. This is the climax of their obsession: exploring how trans bodies survive and how, by them reclaiming an act of violence, we can address our own complicity. Carving out a place for themselves as one of the UK’s prominent trans voices, Travis presents a performance that is timely, unsettling and powerful.

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  • Stairs: 20+
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Julie Phillips 94 days ago

What can I say? This was so good. Funny in parts but a sad reflection on some intolerant members of our society. No one in the audience wanted to ‘throw the burger’. But I’m sure many like me wanted to give him a hug. A powerful piece of drama which received a well deserved standing ovation.

C Cowe 94 days ago

Excellent excellent show. Well acted and funny in parts but moving and thought provoking throughout. Best theatre of the fringe

Sean Davis 95 days ago

Burgerz (**)
After having a man throw a hamburger at him on the Waterloo Bridge, a trans person has created a student where they invite an audience member to help prepare and cook a hamburger. Though we do hear of the tribulations of growing up trans, much of the show is spent interacting with the surprisingly thoughtful volunteer. To me, dramatic shows that depend on volunteers, particularly when the audience is not thoroughly warned about the level of participation required , are cruel, lazy, and usually full of wasted time that could have been spent better other ways in the show.

This was the 79th most enjoyable of the 95 Fringe shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website: www.fringefan.com.

Elisabeth 97 days ago

Incredible!!! In my 11 years coming to Fringe, I've never been more impressed or stimulated by a performance. Burgerz is not to be missed.

Chris Davis 97 days ago

The most moving show I've seen this fringe, by far. This is a powerful work of theater that makes the audience question itself. I was glad to have a performer hold up a mirror to the general demographic of people that attend this festival. The work really goes far into complicity, silence. I think that's needed more than ever in dark times like these, it's so important to see and understand what other people who are not in the general majority of 'norm' or 'race' or whatnot, go through on a daily basis. All inspired from a thrown burger. It's a brilliant piece by Travis and I feel very fortunate to have seen it. If a ticket frees up, buy it for yourself and for someone you love.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 94 days ago

One day in April 2016, someone threw a burger at Travis Alabanza on Waterloo Bridge, shouting a transphobic insult. ...

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BritishTheatre.com (5/5 stars) 99 days ago

It’s an angry piece that invites us to consider trans lives, but also incredibly funny, especially as Travis ad libs with their new stage partner. It’s a unique experience that I will be unpacking for days. It’s a piece that gets under your skin. Whatever your sexual and gender identification, catch this unique experience while you can.

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The Student Newspaper 100 days ago

Unapologetic in their performance, Alabanza talks and moves with such ease across the stage – moments of anger and vulnerability igniting a much-needed conversation in today’s world. Burgerz takes a topic that is often rendered inaccessible through fear and ignorance and makes it approachable, dealing with Alabanza’s abusive treatment so eloquently yet powerfully that the show becomes less about a singular trans person’s experience and more about the experience of human emotion. This performance ultimately makes the point that we are all active in our complacency and that it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to effect change.

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FringeReview 100 days ago

The show begins with Alabanza emerging from a shipping container, in overalls and boots, to reveal many cardboard boxes all sealed with pink tape. Boxes are an important theme – “What came first? The Burger or the Box for the Burger?” – calling into question why society is fixated on...

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My Fair Theatregoer (4/5 stars) 102 days ago

As a piece of theatre, Burgerz is striking and powerful. The show acts as a platform for Travis to share their experience of being a trans person of colour in today’s society in discussion with their selected scene partner. The play soars thanks to Travis’ personality and their considered thoughts on societal perceptions of gender. Travis makes more comparisons between gender and burgers than one would think were possible, but surprisingly it can be done.

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Miro Magazine (4/5 stars) 102 days ago

The searing honesty and confidence with which Alabanza delivers Burgerz on a press night mired in technical issues is admirable. And it cuts to the core when they ask for help from the audience, specifically those who represent the social category of the attacker – the cis white man. Because Alabanza becomes obsessed with burgers after the event, seeking agency over violence through detailed, poetic discourse. Their prose quickly cuts to our basest instincts with meaty humour, each monologue balancing comedy and power as finely as the perfectly spiced, sizzling patty. Every portion is a juicy mouthful that leaves you wanting more.

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 102 days ago

Alabanza became obsessed with the burger: how it's made, how it smells, how it flies through the air. Bringing a cis, white male member of the audience on stage to help them, Alabanza makes a burger from scratch, reclaiming the act of violence against them and asking the audience at...

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 104 days ago

The genesis for Burgerz was a transphobic attack Alabanza suffered in 2016, when a man threw a burger at them. Alabanza was shocked less by the attack and more by the fact that nobody did anything about it. They subsequently became obsessed with burgers, and this obsession eventually led to...

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 105 days ago

Behind Travis Alabanza is a container full of cardboard boxes, each lined with pink tape. In front of them, a box to put a burger in. “Do you feel boxed in?” they ask. By the end of this humane and heart-rending show, they will have forced their way through the...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (5/5 stars) 105 days ago

In April 2016, writer, performer and theatre-maker Travis Alabanza was walking across Waterloo Bridge when someone shouted “tranny” and threw a burger, which hit them. There were around a 100 people on the bri...

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Whats On Stage (3/5 stars) 106 days ago

If you create an entire play around the act of cooking a burger on stage, and then – on press night – the electricity fails and you can't actually cook the burger, then it's fair to say you are facing disaster. But the irony of the long sequence of mishaps...

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 106 days ago

Look for tickets... In 2016, someone on Waterloo Bridge “yelled the word tranny” as a burger was thrown at Travis Alabanza, who believes over a hundred people saw what happened and did nothing.Perhaps many were appalled. But there is always the possibility, the fear, that they shared the prejudice that...

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The List (4/5 stars) 107 days ago

Flipping brilliant meditation on othering and surviving...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 107 days ago

In 2016, someone threw a burger at Travis Alabanza on Waterloo Bridge and called them a tranny. They’re now trying to come to terms with this incident by analysing and making a burger over the course of the show, but Alabanza doesn’t cook. So they enlist the help of a...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 108 days ago

In 2016 writer, performer, poet and theatre-maker Travis Alabanza was the victim of a transphobic attack. They had a burger violently thrown at them whilst walking across Waterloo Bridge in central London. Over 100 people witnessed the horrendous attack and not one single person intervened. This incident is the catalyst...

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Time Out (3/5 stars) 111 days ago

This review is from London, 2018 Last week, the GRA public consultation on rights for trans people sent an already-heated debate into highly visible overdrive. What hasn’t been as visible is the emotional toll on trans people who’ve spent months watching their existence being debated, on top of dealing with...

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