MARLBOROUGH THEATRE RECEIVES ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND FUNDING TO RUN STRATEGIC TOURING PROJECT ‘QUEER SIBLINGS’
- 11 cultural partners in 7 locations across 3 regions in the UK.
- Touring a robust network of new inspirational LGBTQ+ led performance.
- Three tours: Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, ending with a weekend Queerfest festival in Autumn 2019.
The Marlborough Theatre are delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from Arts Council England to run our 16 month project ‘Queer Siblings’. We are thrilled to receive this show of confidence in our work at this stage in the development of The Marlborough Theatre.
‘Queer Siblings’ responds to a call by organisations nationally to make their programmes better serve and more accessible to the intersectional LGBTQ+ communities that surround them.
The Marlborough will be leading the development of a new touring network, which will consist of 11 cultural partners who will programme intersectional LGBTQ+ performance work in 7 locations across the UK. The locations include: Blackpool (Leftcoast & QUAD), Folkestone (Quarterhouse and ]performancespace[), Bradford (Theatre in the Mill), Leeds (Live Art Bistro), Hastings (Home Live Art and Coastal Currents) and Birmingham (SHOUT Festival) and commissioning partners including Unlimited, an arts commissioning programme that enables new work by disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences.
We will be working with three of the Marly’s favourite artists, Stacy Makishi, Travis Alabanza, and Rachael Young, as well as supporting local artist in each location to reach wider audiences.
The touring network will enable us to make a nation-wide impact in making queer performance more accessible throughout the UK by broadening the range of venues presenting LGBTQ+ led work. Along with our cultural partners, we aim to reach newly identified target audiences, some who may be actively experiencing social isolation and discrimination on many fronts and deserve to be better represented.
Image: Stacy Makishi’s The Comforter, co-commissioned by the Marlborough Theatre. Photo credit Vick Ryder.