STUD: A one-horse show that bites into masculinity, Freud and DIY.

“Very funny and very naughty” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


Tell, me about it, Stud. Well, Dr Freud tells me I’m missing something and I think he’s right. He tells me that until I get over it and turn my desire for that missing thing into a desire for a baby I’m gonna be in deep shit. He also tells me he doesn’t really get chicks…

In STUD, Ivor MacAskill donned his chaps to ask if size really does matter. Created before Ivor’s gender transition, STUD explored female masculinity and sexuality with some help from Dr. Freud himself alongside a patriarchal DIY expert, a macho cowboy and the famous talking horse Mister Ed.

A stripped back show for anyone who likes their psychoanalysis heteronormative and their cowboys in the buff.

A fully-frontal assault…hilarious and whimsical…cogent and provocative”    ****  Mary Brennan, The Herald

“MacAskill’s performance is full of kinks as he offers a challenge to misogyny”  Amelia Forsbrook, Exeunt

“Wonderful edgy gender fun” Kate Bornstein, Gender Outlaw

Originally performed at BUZZCUT Festival on 20th April 2015. Developed at the BUZZCUT Residency, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Previously performed at: Steakhouse Live Festival at RichMix, London in April; Live Collision festival at Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Steakhouse Live at Latitude Festival; Forest Fringe, Edinburgh ; Calm Down, Dear at Camden People’s Theatre; Queer Contact Festival at Contact, Manchester, Brighton Fringe at The Marlborough; And What Festival, London; Basement Theatre, Auckland.

Created and performed by Ivor MacAskill. With big thanks to Rosana Cade, Nick Anderson and all the Buzzcut Weekenders, Richard Layzell, The MACASKILLs, Dickie Beau and The House of Strange Loops, Stacey Makishi, and Get In The Back Of The Van for their help and inspiration.

“A DIY horse whispering of gender identity…incredibly likeable and enjoyable…a genuinely thought-provoking meditation on the connections between Freud, boy genitalia, girl genitalia, gender and childhood identification with horses.”   Lewis Church, Exeunt

This work was created back in 2015, before Ivor identified as trans and began his gender transition and was clearly a big part of his personal gender exploration. He would be keen to revisit STUD now to see what new resonances are created when performed in his current trans body.

For more info please contact Ivor directly:

Buzzcut 2015
Buzzcut 2015 – Photos by Julia Bauer
STUD @ Steakhouse Live by Greg Goodale

Published by Ivor MacAskill

I am a live artist and theatre maker based in Glasgow. I am a artistic director of Fish & Game and one half of Cade & MacAskill and The Polar Bears.