This is the second in our series of free workshops for queer producers / event makers and people who want to be, with Outburst favourite, Manchester Creative Producer Greg Thorpe!
These two workshops and one event viewing on the evenings of 28/29/30 April (see full schedule below) are a follow-up to our popular programme hosted by Greg last August. Like those, these workshops are for queer folks who are looking to develop both their own events and the platforms available to them and support other queer artists to develop their work. Greg draws from his own extensive experience making queer events, from underground/DIY shows to legit or supported spaces, with queer artists from many disciplines. Together we will work in a small group to explore queer ways of making and producing your work.
You don’t have to have attended the last sessions to get involved, as there will be a refresher of what went before.
Registration is FREE, though strictly limited in numbers to keep the sharings more intimate.
As part of the short course, the group will watch and reflect on a new piece of queer stage work, LOB, by Roma Havers (“a tennis and poetry bonanza about moving through sporting spaces as a queer body”), which is part of Manchester’s Queer Contact Festival online.
Free tickets for that will be provided by Outburst for those registered. Further details on the show HERE.
We’re delighted that Roma will join us in discussion for the final session on Friday.
Session 1: Wednesday 28 April, 6-8pm
What is ‘queer’ to us? What is queer about queer work?
Developing work and working with care.
Session 2 (screening): Thursday 29 April, 8–9.30pm
We’ll watch ‘LOB’ by Roma Havers at Queer Contact. You’ll be provided with your own ticket to watch online.
Followed by Q&A.
Session 3: Friday 30 April, 6–8pm
Critical thinking about ‘LOB’ and exploring watching queer work and being influenced by queer work.
There’ll be a guest appearance from Roma to discuss developing ‘LOB’, specifically around aspects of collaboration and queer methodologies.
Time for reflecting on participants’ own practice or current projects.
Greg Thorpe is a creative producer, writer, artist, mentor and curator based in Manchester. He has worked in queer arts programming for over ten years, across nightlife, cabaret, dance, written word, visual art, film and performance. Greg is the Project Manager for Superbia, the year-round programme of LGBTQ arts and culture from Manchester Pride, and works for Islington Mill, the independent artist community in Salford. He curated and produced his own queer cabaret A Queer Revue! and has made work for and with Manchester International Festival, Southbank Centre, various arts centres and festivals, charities, individuals and organisations.
IMAGE CREDIT: LOB by Roma Havers. Illustration by Hannah Mclennan-Jones