Queer Playback Theatre Workshop

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Playback theatre is improvisational theatre in which the audience tells their stories and the actors
re-enact them right then and there. Queer Playback was founded in early 2011 by Jane Hoy, Lorna Henry and Arnet Donkin for the LGBT community. It's often moving, sometimes hilarious and a great way to hear
our hidden and often untold stories. If you'd like to find out more about what we do in Queer Playback Theatre and want to learn some playback skills come along to our one day workshop on Saturday 24 March 2012.
Want to find out more? Email us at queerplayback@gmail.com

Time: 10-5.00pm
Venue: Clean Break Studios, 2 Patshull Rd. London NW5 2LB.


Lindsay River's picture

This sounds great Jane! I am also involved in drama with the Outhouse Darlings (lesbian community theatre, we used to be Drill Hall Darlings but the Drill Hall theatre has had to close as a community project). I am now doing a new project with disabled LGBT people with Regard (LGBT disabled organisation) and Artemis Productions (Claire Summerskill). I am going to post about this.

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This is being run by Regard with Claire Summerskill. We still have places left on this exciting new project, telling the stories of LGBT disabled people for the first time. You don't have to be a Regard member to participate - see below for details.

An Invitation from Regard to participate in a series of drama workshops about the experiences of LGBT disabled people, leading to performances, run by Clare Summerskill of Artemis theatre company.

Are you LGBT and disabled?

Do you have an interest in discussing your life experiences and the issues that are unique to LGBT disabled people, and in working with others to create a script and a performance through drama workshops?

Are you up for having a great time?

From Sunday 22 April to Sunday 20 May, Clare Summerskill will be running weekly drama workshops for up to 15 LGBT disabled people, culminating in two public performances.

The workshops will take place in East London on Sunday afternoons, between 2-5pm. You don’t need to come to all the workshops if you are unable to, just come to as many as you can. The venue for the workshops is Vicarage Lane Community Centre, Govier Close, Stratford, London E15 4HW, where Regard holds most of its meetings.

You don’t need to have had any theatrical experience, just bring along your own stories and opinions and we’ll do the rest!

If you wish to take part in the final two shows created from the content of the workshops, you will need to be free for some of the rehearsal period (taking place after the initial workshops) from 31 May – 9 June, and then commit to being available for the day of the shows themselves (10 June). We hope to give an additional performance on Saturday 8 September, as part of the Together! 2012 Paralympic Disability Arts festival.

This is going to be a wonderful and unique project, looking at issues that are of crucial importance to many of us but which have rarely been explored in this way. It will be thought-provoking and fun and totally dramatic — in the very best sense of the word!

If you would like to participate, please contact Regard by email to secretary@regard.org.uk or telephone Regard Co Chair Ju Gosling on 07973 252751. You can also write to us c/o 8 Kildare Road London E16 4AD.

Travel information

Stratford underground is on the Jubilee, Docklands Light Railway and Central lines. Stratford overground is on the Richmond-Stratford line. Trains from Kent also stop at Stratford International.

From any of these stations, proceed to the nearby bus station, go to Stop D and take either:

1) the Route Bus 104 towards Manor Park Station, Gladding Road and get off at the Stratford Park (about 5 minutes; or
2) Route Bus 238 towards Barking, London Road and get off at the Stratford Park (about 5 minutes).

Vicarage Lane is the first left turn off Densham Road, and Gover Close is the third left turn off Vicarage Lane. (about 5 minutes from the bus stop).

There is street parking available by the building for Blue Badge users and close by for other drivers.

Information about the rehearsals and performances (31 May - 10 June) will be sent out later.