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Winning for everyone

Michelle Payne is an award-winning working-class playwright, director and actor from Essex, who is determined to help more under-represented creatives access all areas of the theatre world. A lifelong Dagenham and Redbridge FC fan, Michelle staged her most recent show about a women’s football team, Squad Goals, in the team’s Victoria Road stadium and is now developing it for TV. When she led an Inside Out session with our younger participants this summer, she shared a wide range of writing tools that we’ve all been using ever since. What was your entry point into theatre?I had a really good GCSE

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Changing the atmosphere in the room

Inky Cloak happened to see the very first performance of an extract from Kamaal Hussain’s show Becoming Scheherazade at a scratch night in Limehouse Town Hall five years ago. What Kamaal shared after just two days’ rehearsal was already a compelling interweaving of his own family’s story, including his Iraqi father’s exile from Baghdad in the 1960s, with the Sinbad stories from The Arabian Nights. (He later took the full show to Edinburgh and on tour.) So we were really happy when he was able to lead one of this summer’s Inside Out digital drama workshops with our younger participants,

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Making theatre for positive change

We’re talking to all the brilliant artists we’re working with as part of this year’s Inside Out digital drama workshops project. First up is theatre-maker Vicky Olusanya, who is leading the Saturday morning sessions with our younger (18 to 27-year-old) LGBTQ+ participants. How did you first get involved in theatre?I never really did drama at school. But my friend wanted me to come with her to an after-school club at Shakespeare’s Globe. It was a space outside of school and I could be the part of me that I felt I couldn’t be at school. And as part of the

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LGBTQ+ youth tell their stories

We spent a beautiful Saturday morning a couple of weeks back delivering a pilot workshop for a digital drama group for young LGBTQ+ people (aged 18 to 27). The participants were so creative, so supportive of each other, and so committed to the work. Guided by the tasks we suggested, they came up with ideas for shows rooted in their own experience that we would rush to see. Really. They were all that good. The pilot was the last part of the project we ran last year with the help of a Covid-19 emergency grant from Arts Council England (ACE).

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Let us introduce you to: Kevin O’Neill

During lockdown we started Inside Out, a weekly digital drama club for older LGBTQ+ people. We share stories, play improv games, identify lessons from work by queer dramatists, write about our experiences and hone our performance skills. We asked Kevin O’Neill about his experience of Inside Out and how he’s stayed creative during lockdown. If you’d like to see the work we’ve created in the last few months, don’t miss our digital show, We Were Seized by the Spirit of Love on Thursday 10 December at 8pm. Click here to book your tickets. What has been your favourite part of

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Evolving the way we tell our stories with Enby Jupiter

Queer trans disabled artist Enby Jupiter was in the final stages of rehearsing a solo show about sex work at Camden People’s Theatre in March this year when stages across the country went dark at the beginning of the pandemic. Originally programmed as part of the theatre’s annual Sprint festival of wild new work by early-career artists, From My Bedroom uses the framework of a cam show to explore Enby’s experience of being an online sex worker. Enby, who goes by Jay when he’s offstage, originally investigated online sex work when he was looking into possible part-time jobs to support

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Let us introduce you to: Jane Liddell-King

During lockdown we started Inside Out, a weekly digital drama club for older LGBTQ+ people. We share stories, play improv games, identify lessons from work by queer dramatists, write about our experiences and hone our performance skills. We asked Jane Liddell-King about her experience of Inside Out and how she’s stayed creative during lockdown. If you’d like to see the work we’ve created in the last few months, don’t miss our digital show, We Were Seized by the Spirit of Love on Thursday 10 December at 8pm. Click here to book your tickets. What has been your favourite part of drama club? Listening to

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Let us introduce you to: Linda Haggerstone

During lockdown we started Inside Out, a weekly digital drama club for older LGBTQ+ people. We share stories, play improv games, identify lessons from work by queer dramatists, write about our experiences and hone our performance skills. We asked Linda Haggerstone about her experience of Inside Out and how she’s stayed creative during lockdown. If you’d like to see the work we’ve created in the last few months, don’t miss our digital show, We Were Seized by the Spirit of Love on Thursday 10 December at 8pm. Click here to book your tickets. What has been your favourite part of

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Let us introduce you to: Vijay Patel

During lockdown we started Inside Out, a weekly digital drama club for older LGBTQ+ people. We share stories, play improv games, identify lessons from work by queer dramatists, write about our experiences and hone our performance skills. This week we interviewed Vijay Patel, one of the younger queer guest artists who’s led sessions at our weekly drama club. If you’d like to see the work we’ve created in the last few months, don’t miss our digital show, We Were Seized by the Spirit of Love on Thursday 10 December at 8pm. Click here to book your tickets. Could you tell

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Let us introduce you to: Maurice Greenham

During lockdown we started Inside Out, a weekly digital drama club for older LGBTQ+ people. We share stories, play improv games, identify lessons from work by queer dramatists, write about our experiences and hone our performance skills. This week we interviewed Maurice Greenham, where he talks about Inside Out and how he’s stayed creative during lockdown. If you’d like to see the work we’ve created in the last few months, don’t miss our digital show, We Were Seized by the Spirit of Love on Thursday 10 December at 8pm. Click here to book your tickets. What has been your favourite

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