Monthly Archives July 2020

What we’ve learned from … Jo Clifford

In our digital drama club with older LGBTQ + people, we often look at work by queer dramatists to help us all boost our writing and performance skills. This is what we learned when we looked at a speech from Jo Clifford’s Every One. 1 When we’re feeling our way through the beginning of a drama, we’re especially alert to all the cues about what genre of story we’re watching, and the expectations set up by that particular type of narrative. At the opening of Jo Clifford’s Every One (premiered in Scotland in 2010, and in England six years later),

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What we’ve learned from … Tarell Alvin McCraney

In our digital drama club with older LGBTQ + people, we often look at work by queer dramatists to help us all boost our writing and performance skills. This is what we learned when we looked at a speech from The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney. 1 When the lights come up at the beginning of The Brothers Size, there are three Black men in the space. Throughout this opening invocation, one is grunting with the effort of work; one is in the grip of a bad dream; the third is singing in gospel tones about the roughness of

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Thinking big with Vijay Patel

Performance artist Vijay Patel made a guest appearance at last week’s digital drama club for older LGBTQ+ people to help participants think about how they could tell their stories and consider their access requirements when writing and performing. Vijay has extensive experience of transforming his own lived experiences into autobiographical / political art. He developed his debut solo show, Pull the Trigger, in 2015, from some of his experiences of growing up working in the family newsagents, in order to explore queerness, work, family and migration. (Vijay was touring the show again earlier this year, when the UK lockdown forced

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You must remember Pride

Yes, Pride weekend may have officially come and gone but time moves differently in the era of Covid-19 so we’re bringing you some memories of the season contributed by participants in our Inside Out digital drama club. We asked them: what was your abiding memory of the first Pride protest, march or festival you took part in?

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What we’ve learned from … Moonlight

In the latest session of our online drama club for older LGBTQ+ people, we looked at this short extract from the final act of Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning film Moonlight (2016), which he developed from a screenplay by the Black queer dramatist Tarell Alvin McCraney (Wig Out!, The Brothers Size). Here are a few of the things we learned from watching the scene together and talking about the different ways the two characters try to control the outcome – before putting some of these ideas into action in a series of improv games. 1 When characters enter a potentially explosive scene,

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