Fishwives Revenge 


The Loggia outside the main entrance Tate St Ives and Porthmeor beach

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
Plan your visit
2 July 2022 at 10.00–16.30

Join us for a playful, satirical and absurd performance on Porthmeor beach and at Tate St Ives

Alex Billingham’s queer melodrama reenacts the mythical battle between human, deity and the sea. Over two thousand years ago the Roman Emperor Caligula declared war on Neptune, God of the ocean. Now it’s time for an ultra-glam rematch.

Billingham uses experimental theatre and film to explore genderqueer, trans and disabled experience. In Fishwives Revenge, the sea and its tides symbolize the intersectional spaces of Billingham’s own identity and the continually changing landscape of the artist’s body.

‘Fishwives Revenge reflects my experiences of existing with a fluid body; my everyday normal shifts from second-to-second depending on a thousand micro factors. In this performance every little defect gets respect. My disability and queerness sit beside me in the work, ever present but never defining me.’

Alex Billingham

Guardian Article-


Performance timings
10.00: Billingham begins battle with the ocean on Porthmeor beach

16.30: The artist returns to Porthmeor beach to apologise to the ocean for her earlier actions

This work is part of We Are Invisible We Are Visible which marks the 102nd anniversary of the 1st International Dada Exhibition. Thirty-one d/Deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent artists are staging interventions at thirty museums and galleries across the UK. Dada was an art movement formed in response to the horror and recklessness of the First World War.

We Are Invisible We Are Visible channels the defiant and absurdist spirit of the Dada movement, purposefully provoking visitors to reflect on the societal barriers that continue to restrict and exclude disabled people today.

Links below –

Tate St Ives –


Disability Arts online –

Disabled Artists take over 30 museums and galleries across Britain and Northern Ireland to celebrate the joy of Dada