We're immensely proud to have presented work by all of the wonderful writers on this page. Use the alphabet links below to jump to the writer you'd like to learn more about.
My Temple (2019)
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.
GREEN CARNATION COMPANY & NICK MAYNARD
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.
Extra Curricular (2019)
Billie is playwright and screenwriter from the Wirral. She has trained with the BFI Screenwriting Academy, the Writing Squad and the Royal Exchange Theatre Young Writer's Programme. Her play Too Much World At Once was written on attachment with Box of Tricks Theatre, receiving a rehearsed reading at HOME Manchester in January 2020.
Her work has been staged at the Lowry Theatre Studio, the Kazimier Stockroom in Liverpool, the Tristan Bates Theatre and online with Theatre 503. Her work for short film has been shown at the BFI Future Film Festival, the Oaxaca Film Festival and online with Channel 4's Random Acts. She has also written for the Television Workshop Salford and is a script reader for the Liverpool Everyman.
Coming Out Stories (2019)
Emma keeps herself busy with 4 jobs – She’s the host of ‘Coming Out Stories’ Podcast, co-presents Gaydio’s Breakfast show, presents
Sunday afternoons on BBC Radio Manchester and works for National Prison Radio.
She’s interviewed dozens of LGBT+ people from around the world to hear their personal story of understanding their sexuality or gender identity and coming out. In 2019 she helped rewrite four of her favourite interviews as monologues which were performed as part of OutStageUs 2019. In the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Riots she was thrilled to be able to include the coming out story and personal
recollections of Martin Boyce; a drag queen who was there on that fateful night in Greenwich village.
In January 2021 Emma has her first book out – called ‘Coming Out stories’. Published by Jessica Kingsley it will tell the stories of 27 people from across the LGBTQI+ spectrum.
Emma social: Twitter @emmagoswell Insta: Thegoswell
Podcast social: Twitter @ComeOutStories Insta: comingoutstoriespod
Man Hug (2017), Mixed Up (2019)
James McDermott is a scriptwriter, poet and creative writing teacher represented by Independent Talent. His plays published by Samuel French include ‘Rubber Ring’ (Pleasance Islington; UK Tour) and ‘Time and Tide’ (Park Theatre; nominated for an Off West End Theatre Award for New Play).
James is currently writing new plays for Hampstead Theatre, Norwich Playhouse and Eastern Angles. James is developing TV projects with Shiny Button and Big Talk. James’s debut poetry collection ‘Manatomy’ is published by Burning Eye Books in August and he was recently short listed for Outspoken London’s Prize for Poetry 2020 in the Performance Category.
James teaches creative writing at Norwich Theatre Royal, Marina Theatre Lowestoft and in schools and colleges across East Anglia.
Web Site: http://jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.com/
CHLOE MCLAUGHLIN & KATIE POTTER
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.
As If We Just Held Hands (2017)
Based in the North West, Ian’s plays include All the Bens, which won a Manchester Theatre Award for Best Fringe, 24:7 Theatre Festival Audience Favourite Show, Equity’s Vicky Allen Award and Greater Manchester Fringe Best Drama 2019. It has toured across the UK and is published by Playdead Press.
Ian also won the Kings Cross New Writing Award for The House in Sofia with a Map of its Surroundings, a special prize at the BBC’s Alfred Bradley Bursary Award for The Lonely Walk Home, and the Octagon Theatre’s National Prize for Being Amazing.
In 2019, Thunder Road Productions toured Ian’s play, The Body Snatcher. His short play Turn Around was commissioned by BBC Radio 3’s The Verb and other short plays As If We Just Held Hands and B for Bertie, Q for Queenie have been performed at various LGBTQ+ festivals.
Other plays produced include Granny Must Die, Fringe Quartet, The Last Chair, Five Minutes Fast and Marjory, Edward and George
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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.