In Other Words presented six brand new short 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.
Five of the writers were 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, was the sixth writer.
Scratch readings were held as part of From Devon With Love, and at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth and at the Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter to celebrate LGBT History Month. There was the chance to have a conversation with the writers and director in response to the work after the readings. In Other Words was directed by Josie Sutcliffe who also supported each of the writers dramaturgically.
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 and Dreadnought South West.
In Other Words has been made possible with support from Plymouth’s Vital Sparks Community Fund, Plymouth City Council, Crowdfunding and Arts Council England.
From Devon With Love is presented by Barbican Theatre and the Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter.
We’ll Meet in Moscow was a performance piece devised in response to the banning of Gay Pride in Moscow, 2012 for 100 years.
A collaboration between Writer Natalie McGrath (Oxygen, Coasting), Choreographer Jane Mason (Life Forces, Singer), Designer Sophia Clist (Oxygen, The World At Your Feet) and Director Nicola Rosewarne (The Enchanted Palace, Third Light), the piece was performed at Exeter Phoenix and as part of Doorstep Arts’ Theatre Festival in November 2015.
Performers: Michelle Ridings & Belinda Chapman
Out of Print is a LGBT writing group formed in Exeter at the end of 2015 after a series of writing workshops hosted by Natalie McGrath.
The writers are: Kate Honey, Christina Clover, Sue Ifold, and Jane Begley.
A zine was produced and launched in February 2016, sharing the stories and writings of the women.