Hear Us Out – a new digital performance celebrating LGBTQ+ elders

Graham Robson October 10, 2020

Hear Us Out, a digital performance courtesy of New Writing South, is to premiere on Saturday, November 28, celebrating LGBTQ+ elders.

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.

Photo: Rosie Powell | The cast with Dinos Aristidou

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.”

Hear Us Out, the digital performance, premieres on Saturday, November 28 and will be available online shortly afterwards. Tickets for the premiere are FREE and can be booked online by clicking here.

New Writing South is a literary organisation for writers across south east England offering quality training, representation, festivals and events. For more info, click here.