Queen Size

Part of Alchemy

Two male dancers perform this intimate choreographed study, created as a response to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises homosexuality in India.

Played out on a charpoy (a traditional Indian bed), the duet examines the nuts and bolts – carnal, mechanical and emotional – of a close encounter between two male bodies.

In deliberately making this encounter visible, Queen-Size poses questions around spectatorship, privacy and dissent.

This work has been created in response by Nishit Saran’s article titled ‘Why My Bedroom Habits Are Your Business’, first published in the Indian Express in January 2000.

Queen-Size is one of the most beautiful and sensitive performances I have seen in a long time in India. If it comes to your city, please try and not miss it.

Atul Kumar, theatre director, Mumbai

One of those performances you come out of a different person.

Saurabh Washimkar, audience member, Pune

Dates & times

19 May 2017
Approximate run time: 45 mins


Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall


Booking fee: £1.75 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+

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