Outburst presents an exciting afternoon of performance, film and discussion that explores lesbian experience, history and visibility and asks questions about lesbian visibility in arts and culture.
2pm – TWO GIRLS by Una Mullally
Two girls wake up in love. But then a relationship befalls them. This work in progress reading by Una Mullally, is an extract from Alone Together, her long poem about the overlapping lives of a group of queer Dublin women, trying to find each other while barely holding on to themselves. Una Mullally is an Irish journalist and broadcaster. She is a columnist with The Irish Times and The Guardian.
3pm – OUTITUDE, Film Taster
Film-makers Sonya Mulligan and Ger Moane are currently completing Outitude, a crowdfunded film that documents the Irish lesbian community, exploring grassroots activism, collectives, community, academia and politics from 1970 to present day. Sonya will present a preview taster of what will be the first dedicated film on Irish lesbian experience, North and South, and we’ll be talking about why it’s important to tell our own stories.
4pm – DEBS GATENBY
Manchester comedian Debs Gatenby has performed everywhere from Duckie in London to Afterglow Festival in Cape Cod, as well as touring widely with Hi, Anxiety and A Place Called Happiness, her acclaimed theatre shows about depression and our obsession with happiness. She’s also one of Outburst’s favourite funny women, so we’ve invited her to be our Comedian in Residence and to respond with her observations on modern lesbian life.
She pulls off the difficult trick of reducing you to tears of both hilarity and sadness. Time Out
4.20pm – GCN TOWN HALL TALKS
LESBIANS: WHO’S LOOKING? Panel Discussion
GCN is Ireland’s long running LGBTQ+ news and entertainment magazine and we are delighted to bring their internet broadcast discussion series GCN Town Hall Talks to Belfast for the first time.
Join our special guests Una Mullally, Debs Gatenby, Sonya Mulligan, Lisa Connell (GCN) and others to discuss lesbian representation in the arts and media. Is it still hard to see lesbians – even though in some ways we are more available to look at in mainstream culture than ever, with lesbian characters, lesbian films, lesbian TV shows? Are some lesbians still more visible than others when it comes to cultural representation?
Chaired by Dr. Monica Pearl, University of Manchester.
Sat 18th Nov
Black Box Green Room