Edythe Woolley is a performance artist who enjoys confusing glamor and beauty with the grotesque. Edythe fiercely reclaims the female form by embracing taboos and reveling in the secreting, illicit, open and transforming body. Edythe makes surreal and strikingly visceral images using the body as sculpture to create imagined landscapes and to challenge heteronormative narratives and repurpose them as queer ones.
In 2016 Edythe was commissioned by SPILL Festival's National Platform to make a full length solo show, Did You Get That From Your Mother? described as “a calculated attack to the patriarchal construction of femininity.” This was developed and toured with support from the Arts Council England over a series of residencies and sharings at the Bike Shed Theatre, New River Studios, Live Art Bistro, The Marlborough Theatre, Buzzcut Festival and Camden People’s Theatre.
Edythe's shorter performances and personas Lady Vagina and Manly Stanley circuit London's queer club and art scenes. In 2017 Manly Stanley won Man Up, The Glory London's Drag King competition. Manly “brilliantly subverts extreme masculinity” (The Guardian) and has performed at Pride, Duckie and The Chelsea Theatre, among other venues. In 2016 Manly toured New York performing at The Metropolitan Bar and Bushwig opening party. Here he met movie director Shelby Coley. Together they made a short documentary "Manley Stanley Takes New York" (shortlisted for Iris Film Festival 2017, Audience Award for Best Women’s Short qFLIX Philadelphia)
Edythe’s other projects and collaborations have been selected for festivals and events including And What? Queer Arts Festival, Latitude Festival, National Theatre River Stage, Duckie Homosexualist Summer School and Glastonbury.
Before pursuing a solo career Edythe worked in ensemble theatre making. Edythe is a founding member of theatre company The Wardrobe Ensemble (Pick of the Fringe 2017, Stage Awards 2017, The Scotsman Fringe First Award 2017), who are recent associates of Complicité . With the Wardrobe Ensemble Edythe has devised and performed productions for the National Theatre, Soho Theatre and Bristol Old Vic.
Edythe is committed to low-fi DIY performance co-founding the performance art festival Low Stakes with Jack Ellis (2017). Edythe currently works with Steakhouse Live and has previously project managed Split Britches’ Unexploded Ordinance (The Barbican and Governor’s Island NYC (2016)), has worked with Bobby Baker as project assistant at Daily Life Ltd (2016) and interned with The Wooster Group NYC (2014).