Play-in-a-Day Festival 2017
Thursday 3rd August 2017 to Friday 4th August 2017
Performance 19:30 at The Kings Arms, Salford on Friday 5th August
In July 1967 the Sexual Offences Act finally decriminalised private homosexual acts between men over 21 in England and Wales. It was a momentous, transformative moment which is marked by a 50-year anniversary this year.
The LGBT+ theatre movement has also changed radically since the oppressive days of the 1960s, but there is still more that Writers, Directors and Actors could do to rise to the challenge of contemporary issues in "Queer Theatre".
To mark the 50 years of progress, The Straight Acting Theatre Company facilitated a unique theatre festival to engage local artists and performers of all abilities and backgrounds to create a series of new LGBT+ inspired theatrical work without discrimination and in a totally safe space.
All profits from the event were donated to Manchester's LGBT Foundation
The event began at 19:30hrs on Friday evening (3rd August 2017). Those who successfully applied to be part of the Festival met at The Kings Arms (Salford) to find out the exact theme of the work.At the briefing meeting a ballot was held from which the various creative teams were formed consisting of a Writer, a Director and a team of Actors.
The collective goal of this project was to write, direct and perform a short 10-15 minute play, all connected by one common theme. The range of skills and experience of all creatives varied from the polished performer to the total novice. This was a fully inclusive event and we welcomed individuals from all backgrounds.
After the briefing meeting, the Writers went away and wrote their new scripts and the next morning at 08:00hrs met up with their Director to discuss the script and their vision for the work before the arrival of the Actors at 09:00hrs ready to start an intense period of rehearsals.
11 hours later at 19:30hrs the show began at The Kings Arms, Salford in front of a paying audience!!