Theatre - like many walks of life - lacks diversity. And whilst we often hear that well known phrase you can’t be what you can’t see, it’s on all of us to ask ourselves what are we doing to change it? These days the importance of representation and arguments in favour are finally gaining traction, but there is still a lot of work to be done to make sure diversity is meaningful. In theatre that means making sure diverse communities are represented in acting, writing, producing and more - this is where Pride Plays come in.
What are Pride Plays?
Pride Plays are 3 evenings of originally written plays by LGBTQI+ writers in Scotland. The plays will be performed as part of the LGBT History Month Scotland on the 21, 22 and 23 February 2019 at Scotland’s leading new writing theatre, the Traverse Theatre.
Pride Plays will give people who identify as LGBTQI+ a platform for their voices to be heard in Scottish theatre. It will grow the body of work by those in the LGBTQI+ community in Scotland. The plays will be presented as rehearsed readings with post show discussions led by the writers and directors. Prior to the performance evenings the playwrights will also attend a development day with professional playwright Laurie Motherwell.
We want to give the stage to voices of a community who are currently underrepresented in Scottish theatre, giving them a golden opportunity to develop their work and their careers. But we need your help to support LGBT communities.
How can I support?
We have received in-kind support from Traverse Theatre, in the form of development space and technical support. However, in producing such an event, a number of overhead costs are entailed.
Ticket sales alone will not cover the full cost of the project, and so we invite you to offer your support of Pride Plays by making a donation today.
We need to raise £1000 to cover the six LGBTQI+ writers' fee for their work, travel expenses and print posters and flyers for promotion.
Pride Plays is a not for profit event and any surplus money received beyond our fundraising target of £1000 will be go straight to the Equality Network (Registered Scottish Charity SC037852). If you can’t donate, then we’d love you to spread the word.
Who are Shift?
Shift: a change in position, direction, or tendency.
Shift is an Edinburgh based theatre company, founded by theatre makers Sarah Masson and Connel Burnett. Born out of a desire to inspire action, Shift challenges outdated social and political inequalities.