#QueerMonologues is a game changer...
The Oberon Book of Queer Monologues is helping the LGBTQ+ community "to be louder, and a little less alone”
“Our voices and our experiences are part of the human fabric" - author, Jen Silverman on TOBOQM
Photo: Dane Laffrey
Last night we launched #QueerMonologues! I’m chuffed @OberonBooks asked me to curate it, the response has been amazing! I was even asked to sign copies - I’m basically Jilly Cooper these days 💜 https://t.co/X4JS0FIITv pic.twitter.com/suFqwUj5eA— Scottee (@ScotteeIsFat) June 29, 2018
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.
“I was really bored about all the work that was about criminality... this is about history, about being seen, and this is going to be a great resource as well, for actors, for people who will read it and feel a little less alone.” @ScotteeIsFat #QueerMonologues pic.twitter.com/HsUnZgff70— Oberon Books (@OberonBooks) June 28, 2018
In the words of Scottee, it will help the community to “be louder, and a little less alone.”
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