Let the Play begin!

We’re very excited that our dream of turning OUT140 into a play is finally happening! Shell is working with a load of really talented people to get OUT140 off the page and onto the stage. Here’s a poster for our first workshop which is on Monday 24th April, 7.30-10pm in the Drama Room at the Sewell Park Academy, Norwich. Find out more information on our  page: Play

Know Your Pride

David Mills from Know Your Pride invited Shell to do a talk about OUT140 as part of  their event in the Spiegeltent at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2016. Shell did a call-out for people to help her turn OUT140 into a play. Eve Pandolfi from the Common Lot offered to help and the NNF were keen to offer support.


Dug digs OUT140

Shell had a very creative pint with actor and theatre director Dugald Ferguson who was full of ideas for how we can turn OUT140 into a play. Dugald is a British / New Zealand artist based in the UK working on solo, collaborative and commissioned pieces in the visual arts and performance. He is co-founder of the immersive Theatre Company Living Structures and Artists Collective The Norwich Dandies. Here’s what Dugald says:

“I am wildly excited about ‘OUT140: THE PLAY’, taking these honest, moving, hilarious, delectable coming out tweets and turning them in to a feast of performance. The little anecdotes are so universal and versatile in their wide appeal and human interest, easily adaptable into a wide array of performance, music, puppetry, live art, circus, installation acts which will be a totally awesome Cabaret of Coming Out! Above all the constantly growing nature of the OUT140 project with Shelly Telly – the insatiable collector of tweeted tales – means this play / event / happening can expand, evolve and respond to the ever changing landscape of LGBT human rights.”

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OUT140 at UEA Coming Out workshops

Dr BJ Epstein form the UEA School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing used OUT140 as part of her Coming Out workshops for students and staff. She writes:

“Thank you so much for the coming-out books. We had our coming-out workshop yesterday and it was great to have the books to give people. We gave them to everyone first, and that worked so well because people could sit and read them while they were waiting to start if they didn’t feel confident having a chat with anyone. The workshop was such a success, and I was really happy that people said they felt it was useful and meaningful. Many were so grateful to have a chance to meet other LGBTQ people and to get to talk about issues regarding coming-out.”


OUT140 Coming Out in Northampton

Following the success of Shell’s OUT140 workshop at booQfest, she will be back in Northampton for International Coming Out Day. Northampton Borough Council’s LGBTQ Forum and FAN Social Events Group are organising an event at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. Opening at 1pm with a speech from Michael Ellis MP the day runs until 6.30pm, with a free buffet and drinks networking session from 4.30pm hosted by Barclaycard’s Spectrum LGBT Group. Organiser Matthew Toresen says

” One of the highlights of the day will be the involvement of the OUT 140 project from Norwich. OUT 140 ran a fascinating workshop at the booQfest literary festival recently and I’m delighted that they agreed to come back and be a part of Northampton’s first celebration of International Coming Out Day. There couldn’t be a more perfect project to be part of the day”.

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OUT140 at booQfest

Shell will be taking OUT140 to booQfest, Northampton’s festival with a literary bent on 13th, 14th and 15th September. Daniel Burrows, Chair of booQfest says:

“booQfest is about exploring the different ways that people are contributing to Queer dialogue, and OUT140 is an excellent contemporary example of this broadening context. By presenting short ‘coming out’ stories of 140 characters or less (the same as a Tweet) OUT140 helps booQfest open itself up to a whole new audience that enjoys easy and immediate access to media and literature.”