Join us for a day of celebration at Plymouth’s Barbican Theatre to mark LGBT History Month, showcasing LGBT voices and stories from Plymouth, and beyond. Here we will be re-discovering 6 new short plays that were given a first sharing in January 2016. The writers have had some time to make any changes that they feel necessary, and […]
Join us for a day of celebration at Plymouth’s Barbican Theatre to mark LGBT History Month, showcasing LGBT voices and stories from Plymouth, and beyond. Here we will be re-discovering 6 new short plays that were given a first sharing in January 2016. The writers have had some time to make any changes that they feel necessary, and this is the end result. Plymouth’s award-winning LGBT Archive will also be hosted at the Barbican for the day, so come and find out about it and hear its stories. The day will culminate with an LGBT-themed quiz in BBar at 8pm. Hosted by Pride in Plymouth’s Mark Ayres.
Barbican Theatre, Sunday 28th February 2016
Tickets: 3 for £9 / 2 for £6 / 1 for £4 – 01752 267131 / www.barbicantheatre.co.uk
1.30pm: LGBT Walk led by Dr Alan Butler. 50 mins. Limited to 12 places.
Meet at Derry’s Clock behind the Theatre Royal, Plymouth.
Join Alan Butler, co-ordinator for the Plymouth LGBT Archive community archive, for a cruise around several city centre sites which once had great significance to the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities. A chance to discover some little known stories of Plymouth’s history.
As shown with the Plymouth LGBT Archive project, the history of Plymouth’s diverse communities is a vital part of the history of the city. This walk will draw on the themes and stories which have been shared, enabling participants to witness first hand some of the sites of former pubs, clubs and spaces of note while hearing recollections of just how important these sites which were to individuals in the past due to attitudes of the time.
The walk will culminate at the Barbican Theatre, where selected highlights of the Pride In Plymouth exhibition will be on display and Alan will give you a talk and a tour of its riches.
4pm: We’ll Meet In Moscow is a scratch reading presenting new material by writer Natalie McGrath, read by Michelle Ridings, directed by Nicola Rosewarne. This work is a response to the banning of Gay Pride in Moscow, 2012. We’ll Meet In Moscow has a wider creative team including Jane Mason, Sophia Clist, Belinda Chapman and Drunk With Joy, who have been central to this work.
6pm: In Other Words presents six brand new 10-minute plays by LGBT writers responding to the stories from Pride In Plymouth’s award-winning LGBT Archive. Its title is inspired by Plymouth’s longstanding independent and radical bookstore of the same name, as it was a safe space for LGBT individuals over the many years it was open in Mutley Plain. This is a rehearsed reading performance.
Five of the writers are from Plymouth: Alan Butler, Jo Lewis, Paul Cooke, Jennifer McDerra and Jon Nash. Natalie McGrath, who is leading on the partnership project We’ll Meet In Moscow, is the sixth writer.
In Other Words is directed by Josie Sutcliffe who has also supported each of the writers dramaturgically. Josie is Co-Director of Dreadnought South West
We’ll Meet In Moscow is a wider project making work that engages with LGBTQ lives and stories across Devon, led by Playwright Natalie McGrath.
In Other Words is part of We’ll Meet In Moscow, which is in partnership with Pride In Plymouth, Plymouth’s LGBT Archive, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, Dreadnought South West, Exeter Phoenix and Exeter’s Bike Shed Theatre.
Charlie Parker from We’ll Meet In Moscow is producing the day.
In Other Words and We’ll Meet In Moscow have been made possible with support from Plymouth’s Vital Sparks Community Fund, Plymouth City Council, Crowdfunding, Devon Fawcett, Exeter City Council and Arts Council England.