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Free LGBTQIA+ Writing Workshop

13 April 2024


Gluck is coming! Bristol-based new writing company Theatre West is bringing a new play about 1930s non-binary artist Gluck to Honiton and to celebrate, we’re running a free writing workshop for young people.

If you’re 16 – 25 and identify as LGBTQIA+, come along and meet Brenda Callis, queer writer of the play ‘Gluck’s Flowers’, and queer performer and storyteller Tom Marshman, who will guide you through discussions and exercises to explore: Where are the people like me in history? How do I find them? Take a deep dive into queer history and maybe write a bit of your own story.

Come along and have fun … be challenged … for Gluck’s sake!

2 - 4pm.

All participants will receive a free ticket to see the production of Glucks Flowers (3+4 May). If transport is a problem, let us know as we may be able to help.

Brenda Callis is a playwright/theatre-maker based in Bristol. Her writing is summarised as 'big ideas told through little moments' and while her writing is founded on conventions of strong character and dialogue, she also enjoys experimenting with structure. She is a Bristol Old Vic Open Sessions Writer, and is currently developing her play Smalltown Boy with Ferment at Bristol Old Vic. Brenda is also invested in getting others writing, having run writing workshops in association with Theatre West and the Bristol Old Vic in the past, as well as with students at Bristol University.

Tom Marshman has been a practicing artist for 21 years, and worked in a variety of venues including Bristol Old Vic, Arnolfini (Bristol), Oval House, Chapter Arts Centre, Battersea Arts Centre, Basement Brighton, Colchester Arts Centre and Exeter Phoenix. Actively encouraging dialogue with participants, through socially engaged processes such as ‘Tea Parties’, allows evocative glimpses into everyday life and to tell engaging, poetic & unpretentious stories. An overarching theme of Tom's work is that of the outsider & their story, particularly regarding the LGBTQ+ experience, stories that been omitted through archival silence. Tom actively encourages dialogues with audiences and participants, aiming to create a safe space to share thoughts and experiences.