#QueerMonologues is a game changer...

The Oberon Book of Queer Monologues is helping the LGBTQ+ community "to be louder, and a little less alone”


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“Our voices and our experiences are part of the human fabric" - author, Jen Silverman on TOBOQM

Photo: Dane Laffrey

 

Edited by London-based performance artist, ScotteeThe Oberon Book of Queer Monologues was officially launched at legendary queer spot, Royal Vauxhall Tavern earlier this week.

 

 

Filled wall-to-wall with beautiful queer folk, the atmosphere inside the London-based venue was electric as the crowds awaited performances from Scottee, Jamal Gerald, Neil Bartlett and Jo Clifford.

 

Each were equally captivating and it was clear how passionately each performer felt about the purpose of this new, "game-changing" book.

 

 

“Work celebrating queer love, queer thought, and queer experience is vital to the theatrical landscape – not only for queer audiences and queer performers (although that particular demographic is close to my heart), but also for straight audiences as well,” said author, Jen Silverman, on the launch of Queer Monologues.

 

“Our voices and our experiences are part of the human fabric, and have value both within our community and outside it.” 

 

The collection took over a year to collate and includes work by people spanning the LGBTQ+ community, beginning in 1907 with God Of Vengeance and ending with Jubilee in 2017. 

 

Above: Mojisola Adebayo photographed by Duphus

 

“Queer Monologues gives rich opportunities for actors, directors, readers, teachers and students to indulge in the wealth of words that queer people of all cultural backgrounds have contributed to the stage and the page from the turn of the 20th Century to now,” actor, playwright, and director Mojisola Adebayo added.

 

This book isn’t just a slice of queer theatre history however; it is also a real game changer for LGBTQ+ actors and performers - there's no other resource around like it.

 

This is a reference they will now be able to turn to and discover a whole host of monologues and performance pieces that they can feel a connection with, and that’s pretty special if we do say so ourselves.

 

 

In the words of Scottee, it will help the community to “be louder, and a little less alone.”

 

The Oberon Book of Queer Monologues is published by Oberon Books, costs £12.99 and is available to buy on Amazon now.

 

 

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