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29 September - 2 October 2021

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Hive North are proud to present twelve electrifying brand new short plays and spoken word pieces by some of the UK’s most exciting LGBTQ+ writers.

This year’s OutStageUs is an adventurous celebration of theatre addressing and exploring issues of sexuality and gender identity.


Created and performed by LGBTQ+ artists, these twelve scripts break down barriers and give an authentic voice to a community still fighting for equality.

OutStageUs is an inspiring annual event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and its rich history of defiance and activism in the face of adversity. This collection of funny, moving, and inspiring new writing will give our community strength, optimism, and a voice.

OutStageUs is generously supported by DWF Law LLP & Arts Council England

This years selected scripts are:

Be A Man by Roo Pilkington

Be A Man looks at the pressures placed on boys from traditionally masculine adult figures and how this reverberates through their lives. Pssst, tell everybody, after school it's expectation vs confusion in the playground.


Billie’s Vision by Billie Hindle

Billie’s monologue is all about jealousy and envy. Her whole trans experience has been based on envy of those assigned female at birth, here she explores how the trans experience is unique for every individual.


Box Braids by Maz Hedgehog

Maz wrote this piece as an homage to the deep, intimate relationships that can exist between Black queer people, and the ways it so often escapes easy definition.


Brute by Charlie Tidmas

The inspiration for Brute is Charlie’s personal confrontation of hypermasculinity as a transman who plays - and has played - some of the most 'masculine' sports.


Diane Online by Sarah Hayton

Diane Online explores how someone goes from a stable home, to losing everything, to somehow finding the strength to start over as an older queer woman. But with gags.


Greedy by Lynsey Cullen

Greedy is a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about a woman in her thirties who comes out to her friends. Cue the questions, confusion and confessions!


Negative Space by Priyanka Jha

Negative Space was inspired by Ocean Vuong’s autofiction 'On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous'. It’s an exploration of connection and intimacy between audience and writer.


Not Out Out by Alex Joynes

Not Out Out is inspired by Alex’s experiences growing up. This story is life as he saw it then: it's dedicated to those who spent the Saturday nights of their adolescence watching 'Strictly' with their mum.


Swirling by Elis Shotton

After hooking up at Mardi Gras in 1991, Matt and William find themselves constantly drawn together over the next 30 years. Swirling explores the changing nature of Manchester Pride and what happens when a one night stand becomes a two night stand becomes a three night stand.


The T-Word by Dian Cathal

The T-Word is what happens when a stand-up bit is taken way too seriously.


Two Floors by Luke Abbott

Two Floors is a post-romantic, romantic comedy in the digital age.


Watermelon by Nathan Hardisty

Watermelon is inspired by a real story told through a friend of a friend about someone's uh... 'relationship' with pieces of fruit. Starting from this provocative image, Nathan built in his own personal experiences.




29 September



29 September - 2 October



£15 (+ £1.5 booking fee)

£12 (+ £1.5 booking fee)

£10 preview


You will be redirected to the Hope Mill Theatre website

Wed 29 September 2021 | 7:30pm


Thu 30 September 2021 | 7:30pm


Fri 1 October 2021 | 7:30pm


Sat 2 October 2021 | 2:30pm


Sat 2 October 2021 | 7:30pm


 About OutStageUs 

Since 2017 OutStageUs has presented new LGBT+ writing in a night celebrating our diverse community. 

Originally conceived as an LGBT+ artistic response to the Manchester Arena attack, the event has evolved into a showcase of the most exciting new LGBT+ writing that our community has to offer. 

Since its inception, OutStageUs has presented almost thirty new pieces of writing and worked with over fifty artists  and creatives to bring those pieces to production. 

OutStageUs is an exciting event which celebrates the LGBT+ community and its rich history of defiance and activism. Through comedy, drama, musical, spoken word and film OutStageUs gives strength, optimism and a voice to our community.

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