Our first ever Creative Matters season takes place here throughout September, themed around gender and sexual identity.
It’s set to feature a string of performances, workshops, talks and films – and we thought we’d take a look at what you can expect.
The season kicks off with Our Story, an evening which marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. Live music and performances will capture the stories of Norfolk’s LGBT population, sharing untold stories that may have been silenced.
Friday 8 September, 6pm. Free, but tickets must be booked.
The ‘Our Voices’ exhibition is here from 8-9 September. It’s in collaboration with local LGBT groups, including Sewgay, who’ll be exhibiting their patchwork history quilt, and features performances from the Sing With Pride Choir and Out140.
8 – 9 September. Free.
Feeling inspired? Local playwright James McDermott will be leading a free workshop here on 8 September, teaching creative writing for performance. With a critically-acclaimed solo show under his belt, as well as shows staged at the Royal Court and Latitude, James will be sharing his experience.
Friday 8 September, 5-6pm. Free, but tickets must be booked.
Your chance to see James McDermott’s one-man show Rubber Ring, a semi-autobiographical story about a Morrissey-obsessed teenager from Sheringham. Sixteen, sexually confused and bored, Jimmy travels to London to see his idol in concert – and ends up learning a lot about himself.
Rubber Ring video
Friday 15 September, 7.30pm. Tickets £8.
Grab the popcorn, and settle down to watch a film. We’re screening two films which deal with gender identity in two very different ways.
First up is the irreverent and wickedly funny 1994 film, The Adventures Of Priscilla – Queen Of The Desert. Starring Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terrence Stamp as three drag queens travelling through the Australian desert, the musical adaptation was here in Norwich in February 2017.
Also coming up is The Danish Girl, in which Eddie Redmayne stars as Lili Elba, the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Nominated for four Oscars, it’s a true love story anchored by two incredible lead performances.
The Adventures Of Priscilla – Queen Of The Desert. Wednesday 13 September, 7pm. Free, but tickets must be booked.
The Danish Girl – Sunday 24 September, 2.30pm. Free, but tickets must be booked.
Rhum and Clay theatre company are well-known for their comedic, physical way of creating theatre – and that’s especially true of Testosterone. It’s the story of Kit, one year on from his first injection of testosterone, as he enters a gym changing room for the first time.
Asking questions about trans identity and what it means to be a man, Testosterone is not to be missed.
Wednesday 27 September, 7.30pm. Tickets £12.
Cast locally and produced specially for the Creative Matters season, Safe is a powerful piece of verbatim theatre, telling the real-life stories of homeless LGBT youth. Playwright Alexis Gregory interviewed some of these young people, and he interweaves their stories with live music and poetry.
Four actors perform these tales of sexuality, gender, identity, childhood, family, religion, race and addiction, resulting in a hard-hitting – but surprisingly funny – piece of theatre.
28 – 29 September. Tickets £10-12.