The programme’s Artistic Director, Dinos Aristidou, has utilised new writing and verbatim speech to create the project, where performers of all ages listen to the collected stories of older LGBTQ+ people through headphones and perform them ‘live’ to camera, exactly as they hear them. There is no attempt to copy accents but the personalities of both performer and storyteller form a distinctive bond. The pauses, sighs, laughter, stutters and stumbles of the original recordings are embraced and preserved.
This digital celebration of LGBTQ+ life has been created with Brighton filmmakers My Genderation and composer Angèle Veltmeijer. The performance features memories of teaching during the Section 28 years, drag alter-egos, same-sex weddings, obtaining Gender Recognition Certificates, the impact of Aids, ongoing LGBTQ+ activism, and joy.
Dinos Aristidou, Artistic Director of the Hear Us Out project, said: “Each performer transformed their personal space into a rehearsal room/zoom, stage, set and wardrobe – wonderful!
“We could not have planned for the closeness, the warmth, or the playfulness this glimpse into real LGBTQ+ life would add in our new digital world.”
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