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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
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.
An invitation calling all LGBTQ+ identified creatives, artists and theatre makers in Exeter.
A new creative platform in collaboration with Exeter Phoenix, initiated by playwright Natalie McGrath is happening on Sunday 24th February as part of LGBTQ+ History Month. It will be in the Workshop space between 6-8pm.
Do you identify as LGBTQ+?
Are you creative?
Want to meet and collaborate with other LGBTQ+ Artists and theatre makers in a safe space?
There will be a mic and stand in the room so if anyone wants to share any short extracts of work you can. But no pressure.
It’s a pilot to see if there is any interest.
Any questions you can direct message Natalie via Twitter @NatLMcG
Full Disclosure Theatre return with their new writing night XPOSED, eight short plays revealing the naked and entertaining truths about queer life. Whatever your preference, come discover the latest talent from a company passionate about discovering unheard voices within the community and showcasing LGBTQ+ stories.
XPOSED will be staged to tie in with the celebration of LGBT History Month.
★★★★★ ‘Triumph of a showcase which London desperately needs more of.’ Theatre Weekly
★★★★★ ‘Showcases just how fabulously diverse the LGBTQ+ umbrella can be.’ London Theatre 1
★★★★ ‘The future of compelling queer theatre is in very good hands.’ Jack the Lad
‘Full Disclosure is a marvel of a company. Young, impassioned and so badly needed, creating theatre that is committed, relevant and gloriously entertaining. If I was a reviewer, this would be a five star review, but I’m no reviewer – just one of their many fans.’ – Rikki Beadle-Blair
Ardent Theatre Company presents
THE FIRST EVER REVIVAL OF GAY SWEATSHOP’S LANDMARK PRODUCTION
This Island’s Mine
by Philip Osment
Director and Designer Philip Wilson
1988: Thatcher’s Britain.
Seventeen-year-old Luke runs away from home – to London, and to Uncle Martin, who he once saw with his arms around another man at a march. In the city, Mark is sacked because colleagues won’t work with ‘someone like him’. His boyfriend, Selwyn, faces being beaten up both by the police and by his own stepbrother. Debbie battles with her son, who doesn’t want to live with her and her girlfriend. And Miss Rosenblum – who sought refuge here from a terror that swept away her family in 1930s Vienna – has seen this hatred and fear before.
Soon, these individual stories – of first loves and old flames, alliances and abandonment, missed opportunities and new chances – intertwine…
This Island’s Mine was originally performed by Gay Sweatshop in 1988. Now, three decades after the introduction of Section 28 banning positive representations of homosexuality, Philip Osment’s passionate and lyrical play, of outsiders, exiles and refugees, is all too resonant.