Our dream is to bring together all the different aspects of OUT140 – the stories, the films, the songs, the art – to produce a stage play …. and it looks like it’s going to happen!! Following Shell’s talk about OUT140 at the Know Your Pride event at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in 2016, local actor Eve Pandolfi contacted her to say she’d like to help her create the play. Eve is a member of The Common Lot and she approached her colleagues to help. Duncan and Emma got involved and also brought in local playwright James. The Norfolk and Norwich Festival have invited us to do a scratch performance of the show and although it’s early days we have said yes. Come and support us on 13th May at 2pm and you can even take part in the show because we’ll be having some audience participation.

Here’s the plan for how we’re going to create the play:

Monday 24th April, 7.30 -10pm
The Drama Room, Sewell Park Academy, St Clement’s Hill, Norwich NR3 4BX

Wednesday 3rd May, 7-9pm
Dandifest, St Margaret’s Church of Art, St Benedicts St, Norwich

Monday 8th May, 7.30-10pm
The Drama Room, Sewell Park Academy, St Clement’s Hill, Norwich NR3 4BX

Saturday 13th May, 11am
The Forum

Saturday 13th May at 2pm
Norfolk and Norwich Festival: Museum of the Moon, The Forum

Email if you’d like to get involved. Here’s some information about the crew helping Shell to create OUT140: The Little Play of Coming Out Stories.

Eve Pandolfi has been involved with The Common Lot for the last 3 years, and been involved in a number of different community performance projects.

“Shell originally approached me with the idea of turning the OUT140 project into performance, and I suggested the idea of workshops to allow anyone to come along and be part of a creative process. For me, the ideas along the way are as important as the finished product.”

James McDermott is an LGBTQ playwright and performer based in Norfolk. He trained at UEA where he graduated with an MA (Distinction) in Scriptwriting. His short plays have been staged at Royal Court, Lyric Hammersmith and Latitude. James is currently touring ‘Rubber Ring’, his critically acclaimed solo show about a Norfolk teenager’s struggle with sexual and regional identity. He is represented by Micheline Steinberg Associates.

“Growing up gay in Norfolk, I felt like a ghost no one believed in as Norfolk and rural LGBTQ stories were seldom seen onstage or screen. I am taking part in this project to turn Norfolk people’s coming out stories into a play in the hope that the show will help the region’s LGBTQ community feel less like ghosts as their stories are finally being represented onstage”

Duncan Joseph is a freelance theatre practitioner working as Empty Vessel Theatre & Education and  works with community groups and young people to make engaging theatre exploring contemporary issues.

“My interest in the OUT140 project stemmed from the moving and inspirational book of coming out tweets, a belief in diversity and openness, and a vision that these stories would make a funny, moving and inspiring piece of live verbatim theatre. However, the importance of such a project has been clarified by recent news stories coming from Chechnya, and reinforces the importance of continuing to challenge oppression in all forms. Art and theatre offer a chance to open up debate and connect with people on a very personal level. These stories deserve to be told.”