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TransAction has created innovative cross-cultural 'performance from the periphery' on issues of inclusion, equality, intersectionality and empowerment in Manchester UK and beyond since 2002. Collaborating as writer, director, performer, dramaturg and devising interdisciplinary work with, Contact Theatre, RSC, IOU, Vital Xposure, Z-Arts, FilmPro, The Everyman, Mothers Ruin, InterpPlay, Homotopia, GlasGay CCA, Oval House London, AlbinoMosquito, Queer-Up-North, CAN, SpeakEasy, The Greenroom, BBC Radio4, Arnolfini, Hackney Empire, Wotever, Duckie, The Arena, CasaTrans Ecuador, TransScripts, The National Theatre South Bank and The Young Vic. We mentor artists, dramaturg and direct shows, run training and are on the people's forum of Manchester International Festival.


Numerous self-devised ACE funded projects include multi-media BSLI integrated for DadaFest International The Bluecoats, Engendered Species with Peggy Shaw (Split Britches) The Drill Hall London, touring A:Gender across the UK, Australia, Belgium, Sweden, Canada and USA arts festivals. We have made tailor made workshops with numerous schools, arts centres, youth groups, universities and toured participatory work, whilst also devising professional shows with Ron Athey, Franko B, Stacey Makishi, Jonzi D, Vag Davis, Rikki-Beadle Blair, David Hoyle, Penny Arcade, Del LaGrace Volcano, Holly Revell and Diane Torr. We are currently working on an ACE funded historical multi-media production for LGBT History Month. 



Joey Hateley is a very talented performer...the most willing I have ever met to put their body on the line"  Peggy Shaw 


“Tender, playful, provocative, and visceral... a wonderful example of compassion and diversity in action”. Kaite O’Reilly


"The Gender Joker is a shooting star! Style, talent and panache combine to not only educate and entertain but illuminate what could otherwise be a dark and dreary political passage"

Del LaGrace Volcano


"Joey Hateley is a highly skilled performer." Diane Torr


“Gender subversion at its most political and sexy!"

Chloe Poems/Gerry Potter


"Joey Hateley could be the next Jean Genet" Vaginal Davis


"Joey Hateley is a highly skilled performer. An androgynous appearance adds magic to ‘herms’ performances in which transformations unfold layer upon layer of gender constructions. Is he a he?  Is she a he?  Is he a she? Joey interferes with our assumptions and speculations, leaving the audience unsettled, entertained and curious."


Diane Torr, 2010, co-author Sex, Drag and Male Roles; Investigating Gender as Performance. Uni of Michigan Press


“Continuing to press the personal into political service using performance as a consciousness raising tool, Hateley mixes the factual with the fictional in making explicit the impact of discourse on the bodies, lives and identities we inhabit”.


(Deirdre Heddon (2008) Autobiography and Performance, Joey Hateley, ‘The Endurance of the Personal’. Palgrave MacMillan, Hampshire & NY).


"Stirring theatre that throws serious light on a current taboo."  

Time Out Oval House London


"An incisive and insightful show… A:Gender rips up our notions of gender and asks us to start again”


"A brave and powerful piece that blurs the lines between experimental theatre and performance art”.  

Garfield Allen, greenroom/STUN. 

"A blend of movement, mime, projection, voice-overs and colossal costume changes. Joey is confident, incisive and witty … a must see!"



"Funny and irreverent notions of gender"

Rainbow Network


"Joey Hateley is a brave and provocative performer who puts their heart and soul into a fine example of what theatre can do to open doors and shine light on taboos, so people can come together. diRTy is a fantastic, open hearted and challenging piece of autobiographical performance".


North West End Rating: ★★★★★ by Luke Richards reviewing diRTy by TransAction with integrated BSLI at Z-arts, 09/09/16

"Joey’s transition from one persona to another was remarkable; at times flowing seamlessly, at others snapping between characters with admirable speed and precision. Joey’s flexibility and diversity as a physical actor was captivating to watch, and the strands of narrative wove together creating an enthralling sensation of tension and suspense. The central figure embodied both the female and male psyche we all possess to varying degrees. Throughout the performance, Hateley juggles multiple roles, using an intricately choreographed mix of action on stage and on screen, to create and to reflect the fragmented layers representative of the human mind".

Mari Elliott review's diRTy by TransAction with integrated BSLI for Disability Arts Online, The Bluecoats, DadaFest Int, 30/11/16

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