Manchester-based Hive North Theatre Company has announced the 10 writers whose work has been selected for OutStageUs, its annual LGBTQ+ new writing showcase.
Ranging from 21-63, this year's winners are from across the North West, Birmingham and York and include award-winning actors, performers and published authors. All 10 new plays will be staged for two nights at The Lowry in Salford (July 14-15).
More than150 scripts were submitted, and a panel of readers led by Hive artistic director Adam Zane narrowed this to 20 entries from which the final 10 were selected, following development chats with each shortlisted entrant.
Zane said: “We were really impressed by the standard and variety of writing. Our final selection represents a broad spectrum of the LGBTQ+ community, with diverse themes. It's exciting to hear new voices share their personal stories of the LGBTQ+ experience and we are really proud to be able to give them a platform.”
The winning entries are:
Deranged by Rav Bansal. Confronting themes of cultural expectations in British Indian families, self-identity, and family acceptance.
If I Ever See Her Again by KT Miles. Examining identity, transformation, love, and memory.
Twenty by Mitesh Soni. Monologue that raises important issues about consent and respect in relationships, especially within the gay community.
Out Out by Izzy Campbell. Themes of self-expression, acceptance, the exploration of sexuality and society norms.
The Sweet Shop Lament by Saskia Pay. A monologue exploring the intricacies of sexuality and erotic fantasies in a poetic way.
Shrink/Grow by Connor Cooper. An intimate exploration of a first date between an able-bodied person and someone with a disability.
A Second Chance by Roo Pilkington. Explores identity, society's expectations, self-acceptance and the pursuit of happiness.
The Right One by Luke Elliott. An emotional journey that offers an often-overlooked perspective on asexuality.
2545 by Rian Craske: One-man show that portrays the struggle and resilience of a young trans man.
From Kray to Crone by Lel Meleyal. Monologue reflecting on the changing times and spaces for the LGBTQ+ community.
More info and tickets here