“Tell us your story and we’ll tell you theirs.”
BY ANY QUEERIES, IMAGE BY ANY QUEERIES
Emerging London theatre company Any Queeries is bringing the rainbow coloured history to Camden People’s Theatre this August. Co-producers Afton Aitkenhead (director) and Matilda Shearing (theatre maker/actor) felt that there just wasn’t enough education out there on the amazing LGBTQIA people throughout history. They decided to fill that gap with Tell Me Y/Our Story: a vibrant, non-narrative, devised play that zips the audience through time and around the globe teaching them about the queer people that have shaped the world we live in today.
The Any Queeries theatre company started this project asking the queer community what they thought was missing in education, representation and the queer theatre we are seeing on stage. The responses received overwhelmingly wanted joyful stories, trans and non-binary stories and felt that there wasn’t enough light shone on the history of queer people. With a cast and creative team made up of LGBTQIA artists from a variety of backgrounds, Any Queeries is certain they can give the people what they want and show an accurate representation of the queer community on stage.
Alongside the Camden Fringe performances, Any Queeries will be taking performances and theatre/ history workshops into schools and colleges in London and Hampshire to “teach the baby queers what we wish we had learnt in school” according to producer, writer, and actor Matilda Shearing.
“We don’t just want these stories to be seen and heard by the people that already feel they have a place in the queer community. We want people who feel untethered or unsure to see that their identity is rooted in a vast history of awesome people!”
Directed by Afton Aitkenhead, a current Young Vic Fresh Direction course participant, who specialises in new writing and physical theatre, Tell Me Y/Our Story promises to be a cacophony of queer chaos and joy, telling the stories of the LGBTQIA icons that history has forgotten.
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