Event Calendar

We do not organise or endorse these events ourselves. Events are organised by individuals or groups who want to celebrate LGBT History Month; the organisers of each event are solely responsible for their own event. We publish these details for your own information only.
Nov
22
Thu
Really Want To Hurt Me @ Theatre503
Nov 22 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Really Want To Hurt Me @ Theatre503 | England | United Kingdom

Devon, 1984. Constant pressure to be straight and act ‘masculine’ makes a schoolboy feel like he’s living in George Orwell’s “1984”. School bullies. Teenage heartache. Suicidal self-hatred. That accidental first orgasm with your best mate. Trying to tape the Top 40 off the radio without the DJ talking over the songs. Dancing defiantly to your Walkman to stay alive. A long time ago… But have things actually changed all that much? Do you really want to hurt me?

This dark comedy with dance sequences returns to Theatre503 after an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run, featuring a classic soundtrack of Culture Club, Eurythmics, Tears for Fears, The Smiths, Kate Bush and more. It’s about escaping into the joys of music like your life depends on it – because in a way, it actually does.

Stonewall’s 2017 School Report study found that almost half of all LGBTQ pupils still face bullying, half regularly hear homophobic insults and many suffer from low self-worth, self-harm and attempt suicide. With growing public awareness of mental health issues, including for increasing numbers of emotionally isolated young men, Really Want To Hurt Me has strong relevance for today.

Judges’ Pick of the Festival at Exeter’s Bike Shed Theatre

Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence (shortlisted)

Developed with support from Arts Council England and Soho Theatre Young Company

Flaming Theatre’s previous work includes Jarman Garden (Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award finalist), a multimedia, devised production about filmmaker/artist Derek Jarman, at Riverside Studios.

Praise for Jarman Garden:
“A beautifully choreographed tour through Derek’s life and world” – Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys)
“A rollercoaster ride of sensations, a sublime interdisciplinary sensual assault” – The Times
One of Mark Shenton’s ‘5 Best Shows in London’

Ben SantaMaria

Ben’s work has appeared at venues including Theatre503, Soho Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Assembly Hall in Edinburgh and ARC Stockton. Lulla reached the Top 100 for the 2017 Verity Bargate Award and Ben was shortlisted for this year’s Royal Court Playwriting Group.
Ben took part in the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Course and assistant directed at Shakespeare’s Globe, Howard Barker’s Wrestling School and Kali Theatre. His recent directing work includes co-directing After Orlando, for Chaskis Theatre at Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Vaults.
His play Deathcamp [Homeland Jingle] was published in The Dionysian, and his book Cruising Culture is available from Edinburgh University Press.

Nov
23
Fri
Really Want To Hurt Me @ Theatre503
Nov 23 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Really Want To Hurt Me @ Theatre503 | England | United Kingdom

Devon, 1984. Constant pressure to be straight and act ‘masculine’ makes a schoolboy feel like he’s living in George Orwell’s “1984”. School bullies. Teenage heartache. Suicidal self-hatred. That accidental first orgasm with your best mate. Trying to tape the Top 40 off the radio without the DJ talking over the songs. Dancing defiantly to your Walkman to stay alive. A long time ago… But have things actually changed all that much? Do you really want to hurt me?

This dark comedy with dance sequences returns to Theatre503 after an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run, featuring a classic soundtrack of Culture Club, Eurythmics, Tears for Fears, The Smiths, Kate Bush and more. It’s about escaping into the joys of music like your life depends on it – because in a way, it actually does.

Stonewall’s 2017 School Report study found that almost half of all LGBTQ pupils still face bullying, half regularly hear homophobic insults and many suffer from low self-worth, self-harm and attempt suicide. With growing public awareness of mental health issues, including for increasing numbers of emotionally isolated young men, Really Want To Hurt Me has strong relevance for today.

Judges’ Pick of the Festival at Exeter’s Bike Shed Theatre

Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence (shortlisted)

Developed with support from Arts Council England and Soho Theatre Young Company

Flaming Theatre’s previous work includes Jarman Garden (Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award finalist), a multimedia, devised production about filmmaker/artist Derek Jarman, at Riverside Studios.

Praise for Jarman Garden:
“A beautifully choreographed tour through Derek’s life and world” – Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys)
“A rollercoaster ride of sensations, a sublime interdisciplinary sensual assault” – The Times
One of Mark Shenton’s ‘5 Best Shows in London’

Ben SantaMaria

Ben’s work has appeared at venues including Theatre503, Soho Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Assembly Hall in Edinburgh and ARC Stockton. Lulla reached the Top 100 for the 2017 Verity Bargate Award and Ben was shortlisted for this year’s Royal Court Playwriting Group.
Ben took part in the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Course and assistant directed at Shakespeare’s Globe, Howard Barker’s Wrestling School and Kali Theatre. His recent directing work includes co-directing After Orlando, for Chaskis Theatre at Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Vaults.
His play Deathcamp [Homeland Jingle] was published in The Dionysian, and his book Cruising Culture is available from Edinburgh University Press.

Nov
24
Sat
Really Want To Hurt Me @ Theatre503
Nov 24 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Really Want To Hurt Me @ Theatre503 | England | United Kingdom

Devon, 1984. Constant pressure to be straight and act ‘masculine’ makes a schoolboy feel like he’s living in George Orwell’s “1984”. School bullies. Teenage heartache. Suicidal self-hatred. That accidental first orgasm with your best mate. Trying to tape the Top 40 off the radio without the DJ talking over the songs. Dancing defiantly to your Walkman to stay alive. A long time ago… But have things actually changed all that much? Do you really want to hurt me?

This dark comedy with dance sequences returns to Theatre503 after an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run, featuring a classic soundtrack of Culture Club, Eurythmics, Tears for Fears, The Smiths, Kate Bush and more. It’s about escaping into the joys of music like your life depends on it – because in a way, it actually does.

Stonewall’s 2017 School Report study found that almost half of all LGBTQ pupils still face bullying, half regularly hear homophobic insults and many suffer from low self-worth, self-harm and attempt suicide. With growing public awareness of mental health issues, including for increasing numbers of emotionally isolated young men, Really Want To Hurt Me has strong relevance for today.

Judges’ Pick of the Festival at Exeter’s Bike Shed Theatre

Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence (shortlisted)

Developed with support from Arts Council England and Soho Theatre Young Company

Flaming Theatre’s previous work includes Jarman Garden (Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award finalist), a multimedia, devised production about filmmaker/artist Derek Jarman, at Riverside Studios.

Praise for Jarman Garden:
“A beautifully choreographed tour through Derek’s life and world” – Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys)
“A rollercoaster ride of sensations, a sublime interdisciplinary sensual assault” – The Times
One of Mark Shenton’s ‘5 Best Shows in London’

Ben SantaMaria

Ben’s work has appeared at venues including Theatre503, Soho Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Assembly Hall in Edinburgh and ARC Stockton. Lulla reached the Top 100 for the 2017 Verity Bargate Award and Ben was shortlisted for this year’s Royal Court Playwriting Group.
Ben took part in the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Course and assistant directed at Shakespeare’s Globe, Howard Barker’s Wrestling School and Kali Theatre. His recent directing work includes co-directing After Orlando, for Chaskis Theatre at Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Vaults.
His play Deathcamp [Homeland Jingle] was published in The Dionysian, and his book Cruising Culture is available from Edinburgh University Press.

Feb
13
Wed
Quentin Crisp Naked Hope @ Artrix
Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm
Quentin Crisp Naked Hope @ Artrix

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).
markfarrelly.co.uk

Feb
20
Wed
REPUBLICA @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 20 – Feb 22 all-day
REPUBLICA @ Omnibus Theatre

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

Feb
26
Tue
96 Festival @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 26 – Mar 24 all-day
96 Festival @ Omnibus Theatre

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

LIPSTICK: A FAIRY TALE OF IRAN @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 26 – Mar 24 all-day
LIPSTICK: A FAIRY TALE OF IRAN @ Omnibus Theatre

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.

It’s gorgeous.

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