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Grindr: The Opera! puts the most notorious gay hook-up app into the exaggerated world of opera. With musical styles ranging from baroque to contemporary pop, Grindr: The Opera! is a daring, humorous look at the changing landscape of gay relationships, and the greatest catalyst for the shift: Grindr.
Global Voices Play Submission: Global Queer Voices at Arcola Theatre
Global Voices Theatre is a platform introducing international theatre by often under-represented playwrights in the UK. We curate one-off evenings of rehearsed readings, showcasing excerpts of plays from around the globe. Collaborating with local creatives, Global Voices is a bridge between UK venues, theatre makers and playwrights from around the globe.
Global Queer Voices will premiere excerpts of plays in translation and from the wider English-speaking world. We are welcoming submissions from all LGBT+ identifying playwrights that are based (or previously resided) outside of the UK, or who are part of the international community.
The performances of rehearsed excerpts will be taking place on Saturday 6th April 2019 at the Arcola Theatre.
We are looking for plays from contexts beyond the UK; exploring issues and settings that audiences might not otherwise see in London theatres.
Plays can be any length, from any period, and with any number of characters; and must be in, or translated into, English.
If you are submitting a play that has been translated and if the play or translation is still under copyright, you must ensure that both the playwright and the translator (or the relevant rights-holders) give their authorisation for the translation to be submitted and to participate. This is a paid opportunity, dependent on funding.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 12 noon, 14th February 2019
Written and performed by Mark Farrelly
Directed by Linda Marlowe
From a conventional upbringing to global notoriety via The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp was an extraordinary raconteur and wit.
Openly gay as early as the 1930s, Quentin spent decades being beaten up on London’s streets for his refusal to be anything less than himself. His courage, and the powerful philosophy that evolved from those experiences, inspire to the present day.
This much-acclaimed solo play, following a UK tour and off-West End season, shows Quentin in his beloved Chelsea flat in the 1960s, and in his final years in his adopted New York.
Naked Hope is a gloriously uplifting salute to a true one-off, and a timely reminder of the urgent necessity to live every day as your real self…no matter what they say.
Mark Farrelly’s West End credits include Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? opposite Matthew Kelly. He is directed by EastEnders star Linda Marlowe (Berkoff’s Women).
This February we have our annual special edition of Story Slam as part of LGBT History Month! This year our theme will be Queer. As always we especially welcome stories from people within the the LGBT community! But of course anyone is welcome to come tell a story. <3
Story Slam is where you can hear people's amazing true stories told live on stage. All stories are told by volunteers from the audience. Put your name in the hat for a chance to tell a story, or just come along and enjoy everyone else's!
Story Slam is held on the third Sunday of the month at the Wardrobe Theatre. Box Office opens at 1.15pm and the shows starts at 2.00pm.
Ticket can be purchased through the Tobacco Factory website: https://www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/shows/story-slam-february/
£5 Concessionary price (students, OAPs, unemployed, low-wage, etc.)
£8 Full price
HOW IT WORKS
The theatre box office opens from 1.15pm to begin issuing stamps which act as entrance tickets to the show. If you purchased a ticket beforehand online, just quote the name that you used to purchase your tickets and get issued your stamp! If there are any tickets available on the day these can be purchased from the box office.
1.30pm: DOORS OPEN
Doors open at 1.30pm and you can show your stamp to be let into the theatre! If you would like to tell a story on stage, or submit an anonymous short story, just fill in the relevant slips that can be found in the theatre. (Make sure to read these carefully) If not, just grab a drink, take a seat and wait for the show to begin.
2.00pm – 4.30pm: SHOW TIME
We pull names from the hat and whoever’s name is pulled tells us a true story from their life! We laugh, we cry, we drink, we have another one! (20 minute interval at around 3pm)
4.30pm: AFTER SHOW
The Wardrobe Theatre is attached to the lovely Old Market Assembly which is the perfect place for a pint or Sunday lunch, and after the slam people tend to hang around at the bar, have a drink, chat with storytellers and hear stories people didn't get a chance to tell on stage.
Stories must follow a few simple rules. The rules are not meant to be restricting, but are there to ensure we get to hear as many awesome stories as possible. If you’re unsure about anything just drop us a message or ask a volunteer on the day.
• They have to be true
• They must be told in 5 minutes.
• They must be *stories*. No rants, stand-up routines or monologues. We want a beginning, middle and end, and some change and conflict to occur.
• They need to be genuinely 1st person. You should be a major player in the story and we want to hear your perspective.
• Told with no notes or props. This is about the good ol’ fashioned storytelling. Tell it to us like we're round a campfire, or at a sleepover.
In the interest of making the story slam a safer and more comfortable place, we give people the option of putting content warnings before their stories. Details of how to do this can be found on the name slips. We read them out before each story and give people a chance to leave the room. If you do want to leave the theatre at any time please feel free! The Old Market Assembly is a comfy place to hang out and sells a variety of wonderful cakes and lovely roast dinners.
We work hard at Story Slam to try and create a place where people feel safe and comfortable to share stories. We're continually trying to make our events better places to be and our aim is to hear stories that we don’t get to hear anywhere else. We want to make Story Slam better than the world around it. So to help us achieve this, we have our own safer spaces policy. Feel free to have a read at the link below! 🙂
We want our events to be as accessible as possible. The venue has full step free access to the theatre and the stage. However, if you need to use it please let us know (via Facebook message) beforehand as we need a member of staff to open side doors etc.
You can also check out our photo album for details on the step free access, feel free to message us with any further questions: http://bit.ly/2eY8oR4
If there’s anything else we can do to make the event more accessible to you, let us know and we’ll try our best!
Story Slam has no age limit, however the spontaneous nature of the show means that profanity and adult themes are to be expected. It is left to the guardian to choose if a child is mature enough to attend.
This year 96 Festival, London’s only queer arts event under one roof, is launching with an informal conversation between artists, makers, creators, performers, activists and anyone interested in sharing their viewpoint on the changing landscape of art and LGBTQIA+ issues. How can art enact positive change in our communities?
For our first hangout of the festival, we’re thrilled to welcome Board Director of GLAAD and Diva Magazine publisher Linda Riley; actor in The Danish Girl and Colette, Rebecca Root; chair of Stonewall UK, Jan Gooding; Co-founder of Stonewall and former MEP, Lord Michael Cashman; producer of The Cocoa Butter Club – the queer collective celebrating Performers of Colour – Cassie Leon; and writer, producer, podcaster and theatre-maker Nemo Martin.
They’ll explore how queer communities experience divides around class, ability, race and gender and how art can bring us together in shared moments of connection. How can we reinvent queer activism? The conversation will be facilitated but unscripted. Come to participate in the conversation or just listen and observe, we are open.
After the conversation, artists from 96 Festival’s glittering programme will take to the stage, sharing snippets of dance, theatre and cabaret as the debate ascends into a late night party where we encourage further conversation, merrymaking and coming together.
Presented by Juan Carlos Otero, Keir Cooper and Lola Rueda
In collaboration with Emma Frankland
Republica is an energetic and sexy lament for the untold story of the Spanish Revolution, as seen through the eyes of a stripper, a flamenco dancer and a punk guitarist.
Inspired by the historical events that immediately precede the Spanish Civil War, Republica celebrates the achievements and ideals of The Second Republic (1931-1936). This period represents the most extreme of social and political transitions, from feudal monarchist dictatorship to arguably the most progressive government ever. With the rise of divisive politics across the world, this show promises to forever break The Pact of Forgetting and is a timely examination of the last time the idealist actually won.
Republica is a multi-disciplined and frenetic deconstruction of history brought to you by Juan Carlos Otero, Keir Cooper and Lola Rueda in collaboration with Emma Frankland.
★★★★ The Guardian on Don Quijote
★★★★ “A whirlwind of joyous disintegration” Time Out on Don Quijote
96 Festival is back by popular demand! A glittering lineup of artists will set up camp at Omnibus Theatre for a spectacular celebration of queerness and theatre.
A no holds barred extravaganza of cabaret, drag, burlesque, theatre, music, art and activism; 96 Festival has been conceived in remembrance and celebration of the iconic Pride party on Clapham Common in 1996
Presented by Critical Mass and Paul Virides Productions. Written and directed by Sarah Chew
So, I live with this geeky, kind of brilliant boy.
Every night, the clock chimes midnight, and this boy turns into the most beautiful woman in all the world.
Just, it’s a fairytale.
And that makes me scared that it’s bollocks.
London, Summer 2010. Orla and Mark cordially invite you to the grand opening of their fabulous new drag bar.
There’s one problem. Orla has just returned from witnessing a failed revolution. By accident.
Part theatre, part drag cabaret, Lipstick: A Fairy Tale of Iran is a story of rage, redemption and weaponised whimsy, which straddles Tehran, Derry and London.
Artwork credit Flavia Fraser Cannon
This charming and intelligent musical brings together two contrasting stories, set 100 years apart.
In late 19th Century Vienna, two bored high-society lovers disguise themselves as struggling members of the working class. Can their love survive without the comforts and luxuries they’re used to? And 100 years later, two couples rent a beach house in The Hamptons, where a spot of extramarital flirtation might explode into something more.
Romance Romance was nominated for five Tony Awards for its Broadway run. This new production reimagines it as a brilliantly entertaining exploration of gay attraction and how times have changed.
Tough girls and pretty boys living life in the margins, dreaming about being at the centre. Velvet Petal explores the transformative power of beauty, created out of whatever is on the bedroom floor. The dancers experiment, seduce and philosophise through their bodies, clothing and ideas. This fresh work from choreographer, Fleur Darkin (Bristol Old Vic, Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Opera House) was created during Fleur’s fantastic six years as Scottish Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director.
Velvet Petal has grown into one of the company’s most iconic pieces, a clear audience favourite at home and on the road. Inspired by the life-cycle of the monarch butterfly and Robert Mapplethorpe’s Polaroids, Velvet Petal is set to a fresh dance-punk score arranged by Torben Lars Sylvest including music by LCD Soundsystem, Spoek Mathambo, and Four Tet.
(Ages 16+, some nudity and adult themes)
Arcola Queer Collective presents
They, Them, We, Us
Devised by the Company
Directed by Dani Singer
“The first duty of the revolutionary is to survive.”
They, Them, We, Us: A Queerstory is a gutsy celebration of 50 years of Queer Liberation since the Stonewall Uprising â€“ an expansive look backwards and forwards, flowing through 50 years of queerstory in fifty minutes. Devised with white hot joy and rage, our performance is based on individual and collective stories powerfully shared with us by our Queer siblings who were part of the queerstory we are representing.
1-6 Apr, 7pm
See three #CD19 shows for £30 Standard/£24 Concessions. Just add them to your basket and you’ll receive a third off.
You can see They, Them, We, Us and The Quest for £20 Standard. Add both shows to your basket and we’ll take care of the rest.
Arcola Queer Collective presents
By Robert Holtom
Directed by Vicky Olusanya
1-6 Apr, 8:30pm
“I really want a hero. One who lives in a world of magic. I want to see them on posters and in colouring books because I want to be saved from all this.”
Zemuel has been banished from his village in the Valley of Embers for bringing a monster to life. To return he must find and confront it.
Fred loves Lord of Rings, Lady Gaga and salad. He’s on his first Tinder date and everything’s going fine until his past catches up with him.
Two stories. Two worlds. One quest.
See three #CD19 shows for £30 Standard/£24 Concessions. Just add them to your basket and you’ll receive a third off.
You can see The Quest and They, Them, We, Us for £20 Standard. Add both shows to your basket and we’ll take care of the rest.
Global Voices Theatre are back with two brand new selections of the best international new writing. Come discover excerpts of plays never before staged in the UK; curated, read and performed with members of the Arcola Community Theatre Companies.
6 Apr, 3:30pm
Global Queer Voices is created via an international call for playwrights – click here to learn more (deadline for submission: 24th Feb)
The event will be curated by William Gregory.
William Gregory trained in acting in the UK and Spain and began translating plays in 2003. He is the editor and translator of The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary Spanish Plays and his translation of Cuzco by Víctor Sánchez Rodríguez runs at Theatre 503 in Jan-Feb 2019. His translations have also featured at the Royal Court, the Gate, and on BBC Radio.
This event is part of the Arcolas Creative/Disruption 19; festival of productions
celebrating the people and diversity of East London.
Creative/Disruption 19, which features twelve productions alongside special events including readings and club nights, will light up Arcola from 18 February to 07 April 2019. Women’s, LGBTQ, Turkish, youth, 50+ and mental health groups – assembled and supported by Arcola – will stage original devised work and new takes on classic plays.
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