Seven up for OutStageUs

Published: 25 August 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Seven new scripts from North West writers take centre-stage at The Lowry next month when Manchester theatre company Hive North presents OutStageUs.

Running from September 10–12, OutStageUs will present works that reflect the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism to mark the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Riots, when New York police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village.

After an open submission process, Hive North has selected scripts by new and established writers. Pieces being presented include Unspoken written by Hollyoaks favourite Annie Wallace.

Gaydio and BBC Radio Manchester presenter Emma Goswell will present a series of Coming Out Stories, selected and edited from the podcast of the same name.

Other selected scripts include Mixed Up by James McDermott, Changes by Chloe McLaughlin, Extra Curricular by Billie Collins and My Temple by brand new writer Tom Carney. OutStageUs will also present the North West première of My Loneliness is Killing Me, winner of Best Short Film at the 2018 BAFTA Scotland Awards. The film, written by Michael Richardson and directed by Tim Courtney, explores loneliness and division among gay and queer communities.