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OUTing the Past Festival 2022

Celebrating LGBT+ History Month

Celebrating the past, preserving the present and looking towards the future

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is joining OUTing the Past Festival as a hub for the third time to celebrate LGBT+ History Month 2022.

OUTing the Past is a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans history that gathers people together throughout the year to discuss the past, preserve the present, and look towards the future.

This year our digital event features a series of short talks from academics and artists, who will share their research and creative practice when uncovering and celebrating LGBT+ history.

This free event is open to all and takes place on 17 February from 4 - 6pm.


Programme highlights:

Proud Shakespeare and the LGBTQ+ Lived Experience
4 - 4.30pm
A presentation from SBT Collections Archivist Jim Ranahan highlighting the Trust's 'Proud Shakespeare' programme to work with and learn from the LGBTQ+ community.

Jim will present historical records held in the Trust's Collections, and will discuss current initiatives for contemporary collecting and collaborative working to explore how these can help reflect today's LGBTQ+ lived experience.


Book tickets: Proud Shakespeare and the LGBTQ+ Lived Experience


Girls on Stage
4.30 - 5pm
A guest presentation from Cheryl Morgan exploring the theatrical tradition of boys taking on female roles; a tradition which existed throughout centuries and across many cultures, from Japanese Kabuki to Shakespeare.

What does gender play mean to audiences, and to the young actors made famous for portraying beautiful women?

Cheryl will also share some of the latest research on the adult lives of Shakespeare's 'boy' actors.


Book tickets: Girls on Stage


Shake Up! LGBT+ Remix
5.10 - 6pm
A showcase from 1623 Theatre Company

What happens when a fabulous group of LGBT+ theatre makers mix together autobiography, experiences of social in/justice, and Shakespeare? You get Shake Up! LGBT+ Remix – a cocktail of thoughtful, sassy and moving short videos by Edalia Day, Karen Spicer, JD Stewart and Sam Beckett Jr.

Join the artists online at OUTing the Past Festival, where they share their videos and invite you to chat about them, before taking part in a fun creative activity. The chat and creative activity with the artists are both BSL-interpreted. All videos are captioned, audio described and BSL-interpreted.


Book tickets: Shake Up! LGBT+ Remix


OUTing The Past is an international celebration of LGBT+ history that takes place throughout the year, and across the world. The UK events take place mainly in February (LGBT History Month UK).

All events are FREE to join and will be streamed live, online on 17 February 2022.

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