“An honest look at LGBTQ life”



Now in its third year, OutStageUs will celebrate new LGBT+ writing from Greater Manchester and beyond. A night of drama, comedy, film and spoken word to showcase our region’s unique LGBT+ community.

In this, the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Riots, when the New York Police Department raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village, OutStageUs will present works that reflect the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism.

Join us for a funny, outrageous, touching and uplifting journey down the cobbles of Canal Street with short plays written by some of the region’s most exciting writers.

This is an evening celebrating Greater Manchester’s rich history of activism and defiance, a night of strength and optimism exploring LGBT+ themes from our region and across the globe.

OutStageUs will return in

September 2020



  • Unspoken by Annie Wallace

  • My Temple by Tom Carney

  • Coming Out Stories by Emma Goswell, Abigail Goswell & Sam Walker

  • Extra Curricular by Billie Collins

  • Mixed Up by James McDermott

  • Changes by Chloe McLaughlin & Katie Potter

  • Fluid by Nick Maynard presented by
    Green Carnation Company

  • The Personal Things by The Barnard Center for Research on Women

  • My Loneliness Is Killing Me by Michael Richardson directed by Tim Courtney




Green Carnation Theatre are a theatre company dedicated to creating quality theatre telling queer stories. Founded by co-directors Dan Ellis and Dan Jarvis in 2018, they are committed to producing and developing new and established LGBTQ+ narrative texts, and using digital content and partnership working to facilitate public conversations and awareness of issues affecting LGBTQ+ communities.


Their debut production of 'The Pride' sold-out Hope Mill Theatre in 2018 and their upcoming 2020 tour of 'My Night with Reg' will be opening at The Lowry this January.

For OutStageUs they will be teaming with writer Nick Maynard to present his monologue 'FLUID', exploring a world of sexual fluidity and release through the eyes of an angry young man.


Billie is a playwright from Merseyside, currently on attachment with Box of Tricks Theatre in Manchester as part of their 2019-2020 PlayBox residency. She has trained with the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Young Writers, the BFI Screenwriting Academy and the ACE Writing Squad.


Her first play 'Spiders' was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize in 2015 and later staged at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London. Her other plays include 'Bastard' (Corpus Playroom, Cambridge) and 'Stormface (This As Well)' (ADC Theatre, Cambridge).


Her work for short film has been shown at the BFI Future Film Festival and in Channel 4's online Random Acts showcase. She is also a script reader for the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.


Annie has, over many years, worked in the computer, theatre and AV industries. in 2001, she did a three year acting course at Manchester School of Theatre which eventually led to a guest role in Shameless, and her current role, as Sally St. Claire, the school head teacher, in Hollyoaks.


She still does sound design, video filming and animation, and programming for local theatre productions, and has written many short sketches.


This is her first longer piece for the stage.


James McDermott is a scriptwriter and poet represented by Independent Talent. James's plays include 'Fast Food' starring Jude Law (Lyric Gala; Lyric Hammersmith), 'Street Life' (Norwich Theatre Royal) and 'Rubber Ring' (UK tour; published by Samuel French).


James is currently writing new plays for HighTide, Hampstead Theatre, Norwich Arts Centre and Norwich Playhouse and developing TV projects with Big Talk, Hat Trick and Fremantle. 'Manatomy',


James's debut queer poetry collection, will be published by Burning Eye Books in 2020 and accompanied by a nationwide performance poetry tour.


Chloe is a writer, journalist and actress. She graduated from The University of Salford in 2015 and went on to train at the Royal Exchange Theatre as part of their Young Company.


Writing credits include Peggin’ Out, How You Love Me, #Devastation, which was performed as part of 53Two Respond, MASH (Take Back: Our Girls), Turkey Dinner and Heart to Heart (Mancmade Festivals). She also won Best Writer at the MAP48.4 awards for her short film The VR Master.


Chloe has also just finished her MA in Broadcast Journalism and is working as a freelance journalist and as assistant script editor on Thebes Publishing audio drama series’.

Katie is an actress who graduated from Salford University with a BA(hons) in Drama & Theatre, she has since performed in a multitude of shows such as #Outstageus 2017 & 2018 and Performances within the greater Manchester fringe festival.


She also worked with Hive North's Theatre in Education piece “OutLoud in 2015 delivering performances and workshops to high schools across Manchester.

She is currently about to start a PGCE in Further Education in September to become a college Drama teacher.


Music was the pathway into literature. I joined my first band at the age of fourteen; we were terrible. At the time I was heavily inspired by punk and grunge and this was reflected in the lyrics. I wrote about society, pop-culture, being different, apocalyptic scenarios and what it means to be human. To me, lyrics always came first and then the song was written to accompany.

This lead on to discovering the enjoyment of writing for writing’s sake. How the use of language and pouring out thought and feeling on to paper could in many ways be healing in times of grief, humour in times of agony and shape the way that I define myself as a person.


OutStageUs has given me the opportunity to write about something that’s dearly close to me and challenged me to write without accompanying music for another voice, truly.


Emma Goswell is a Sony award winning broadcast journalist who co presents the Drive time show on Gaydio and The Dead Good show on BBC Radio Manchester. She is passionate about LGBT rights and is a volunteer for the Albert Kennedy Trust.


She is also the host of the podcast - Coming Out Stories.

Sam Walker is the exec producer of the ‘Coming Out stories’ Podcast. She’s also an award winning broadcaster who has worked for Key 103, Xfm and Real Radio. Most recently she spent eight years presenting at BBC Radio 5 Live. She now lives in Pheonix, Arizona.

Abigail Goswell was an HR manager for over 25 years but is better known for being the worlds best sister. She is also the author of a brilliant blog about trying to kick the shit out of Stage 4 breast cancer. abigailblah.wordpress.com

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