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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.

OutStageUs is generously supported by DWF Law LLP

OutStageUs 2020

Script submissions for 2020 are now closed

Our 2020 OutStageUs programme aims to provide creative opportunities through an individually tailored artistic pathway. 


We have a history of encouraging the artistic development of emerging LGBT+ artists and OutStageUs continues this legacy by offering creative opportunities to develop new LGBT+ writing and performance.

We're looking for scripts that explore LGBT+ themes and we especially welcome scripts from LGBT+ and BAME writers to promote our ethos of celebrating diversity.

All submitted scripts will be read and feedback will be offered. Up to 8 scripts will be selected for a uniquely tailored development process and these writers will receive a fee of £300. The final scripts will then be presented at the OutStageUs event at The Lowry.

Scripts can be something you've already been working on, or can be written specifically for the event. They can be monologues, duologues, short scenes or spoken word.


Number of Characters: 1 - 4

Monologue/Spoken Word Length: 2 minutes - 5 minutes

Duologue/Scene Length: 5 minutes - 15 minutes

2020 Timeline

  • Submissions Open: Fri 15 May

  • Submissions Close: Mon 15 June

  • Feedback Offered by: Wed 15 July

  • Development Programme Writers Contacted by: Fri 10 July

  • Rehearsals Begin: Mon 31 August

  • OutStageUs Event at The Lowry: Thu 10 - Sat 12 September

Previous Scripts

Below is a list of scripts that have been presented at previous OutStageUs events. To find out more about writers from past events, please take a look at our Writers Directory.


  • 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


  • Kings of Idle Land by Conor Hunt

  • Queer Talk by Daniel Waterhouse

  • I Know Why the Gay Man Dances by Joel & Anthony Sadler-Puckering

  • Jock Night 2 by Adam Zane

  • Pastel Pride by Xenia Lily

  • There's Something I Need to Say by Rob Ward

  • Pride by Lee Johnson


  • Party Train by Lloyd Eyre-Morgan

  • Mirrors by Neil Ely

  • Cesspit by Chris Hoyle

  • Man Hug by James McDermott

  • More Facelifts than Barry Manilow by Rob Ward

  • Jock Night by Adam Zane

  • Belle - A Musical by Lloyd Eyre-Morgan

  • Oh Be Joyful by Kayleigh Llewellyn

  • Closets are for Clothes by Mike Manning

  • As If We Just Held Hands by Ian Townsend

  • Alexandria by Rik Barnett

  • Unchechen by Stephen M Hornby

  • Balcony by Toby Fell-Holden

  • The Pill by Adam Zane & Rob Ward