Turn of Phrase creates new theatre work as part of its core mission to engage with LGBTQIA and gender diversity. All of our shows are created with diverse teams and participatory involvement, whether on the London stage or in schools. Some of our work includes Open, (written by Tim Allsop and Chris Adams) which performed at Vault and was published by Nick Hern Books in a co-pro with Full Disclosure Theatre. It will transfer to Above the Stag for a five-week run and received excellent reviews. Cooked, a play about gendered roles was performed at Bread and Roses in 2017. We also supported Tumulus, Chris Adams’ play, which ran at Soho Theatre in 2019. Tim Allsop directed, Everything Just So, a short film about gay perfectionism in 2020.
Our next major project QUEER RURAL CONNECTIONS will create a live theatre experience interwoven with filmed interviews exploring queer rural lives in East Anglia, the South East and other parts of the rural UK. The work grew out of well received articles and publications by Turn of Phrase’s Creative Director, Tim Allsop. We are supported by TORCH as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme at the University of Oxford and you can keep up to date with all our news and events on their projects page via the link. Tim will work with project co-director Dr Kira Allmann who has researched and written on rural communities building their own internet. As part of the project we have partnered with major heritage venues including The Museum of English Rural Life, the Museum of East Anglian Life and Broken Futures to examine experiences of coming out, living and working in rural areas, and interactions with the internet in rural areas as a queer person. We will also shine a light on queer rural histories to show that the countryside has a queer heritage. The show will tour in the summer of 2021 alongside screenings of the film.
Supported by Torch as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme