Queer Stages UK is facilitated by Lois Weaver, and explores the legacies and lineages of LGBT+ representation, performance and playwriting over the past 25 years. It takes a collaborative approach to discussing, tracing and documenting the range of work that has appeared on stage during this period. This event seeks to draw links between, across, and through generations of LGBTQ arts practice in order to understand lineages of artists, legacies of performances and the relationships between now and then.
It will begin with three appetisers from LGBT+ artists Neil Bartlett, Mojisola Abedayo, and Milk Presents followed by a Long Table. The Long Table, a format developed by Lois Weaver modelled on a dinner party, is an open-ended, non-hierarchical forum designed to foster conversation and participation. Alongside this, speakers and attendees are invited to map out their encounters with LGBT+ performances to co-create a visual document that depicts the network of representations that have taken place during the past 25 years. Participants are also invited to bring along items or memories of performances they have encountered in the past for a Queer Show and Tell.