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We are delighted to announce that we have now selected a group of Plymouth-based writers to produce individual pieces of performance work in response to Plymouth’s nationally award-winning LGBT Archive.

11 September 2015 — 29 February 2016

Following an open call for submissions, the LGBT Community in Plymouth, in association with We’ll Meet In Moscow, has commissioned a group of Plymouth-based LGBT+ identified writers to shed new light on underrepresented and vital LGBT perspectives in response to Plymouth’s nationally award-winning LGBT Archive run by Alan Butler.

The selected writers are: Jon Nash, Jennifer McDerra, Paul Cooke and Jo Lewis, who will also be joined by Alan Butler and Natalie McGrath.

The writers will be asked to:

  • Write a ten minute play
  • Attend a workshop at Plymouth’s LGBT Archive
  • Work with a dramaturg to produce drafts of writing
  • Attend development sessions with actors and a director
  • Learn how to deliver a community workshop
  • Lead a workshop with an identified community in Plymouth

Selected writers are provided with:

  • Support from an LGBT-led creative team to address self-identified development goals (team includes director/dramaturg Josie Sutcliffe (Dreadnought South West), writer Natalie McGrath (We’ll Meet In Moscow), Plymouth LGBT Archivist Alan Butler
  • A public reading at the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth as part of From Devon With Love Festival (January 2016)
  • Second rehearsed reading as part of LGBT History Month celebration (February 2016)
  • A £500 fee to include travel expenses

In Other Words is a Vital Sparks funded project seeking to provide new and more established LGBT+ writers for the stage in Plymouth with a crucial creative resource. Details about performances will follow soon.

If you have any questions about Plymouth’s LGBT Archive please contact Alan Butler at