The theme of this year’s festival is Coming Out, which, after a year of COVID-induced lockdowns, is a welcome play on words
BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY MICHAEL SHELFORD
Liverpool’s Homotopia Festival has been championing queer art since 2004. This year, it’ll be taking place throughout October and November, featuring the likes of Jade Anouka, Rosie Jones and Tabby Lamb.
The theme of this year’s festival is Coming Out, which, after a year of COVID-induced lockdowns, is a welcome play on words. In many ways, it’s a call to arms for LGBTQIA+ people to platform their own stories through exploring theatre, performance, spoken word, film, and music. Homotopia 2021 is all about reclaiming the narrative.
This year, Homotopia welcomes writer and poet Jade Anouka as the Festival Artist in Residence, and she’ll be spearheading a myriad of events, performances, and workshops. Highlights of Jade’s events include HEART, her first full theatre play (Thursday 4 November, 7:30pm – Unity Theatre), the Her & Her Online Watch Party and Q&A, hosted by Jade and her partner, musician Grace Savage (Saturday 6 November, 4pm – online), and Becoming Mummies (28 October – 14 November, online), a short audio narrative wherein Jade and Grace contemplate their journey towards queer parenthood.
Similarly, Queer, As In Funny, will star DIVA fave Rosie Jones, featured on Live At The Apollo, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, The Last Leg, and Mock The Week, as well as Liverpool-based Sian Davies and renowned comedian and author Rosie Wilby, who has appeared on Woman’s Hour and Saturday Live, penning the critically acclaimed Breakup Monologues. It takes place on Saturday 30 October at the Capstone Theatre.
Further, writer and theatre-maker Tabby Lamb will explore rural isolation, intergenerational queerness and show tunes in work-in-progress piece The Village Hall, exploring what it means to call somewhere “home”.
Finally, for the drag fans, Baby Lame will be performing Final Baby Girl, featuring trash-tastic songs and interactive comedy. This show is inspired by classic slasher movies and employs elements of drag comedy: Baby will be starring as the innocent victim-to-be, but hasn’t found the person destined to be her murderer. Final Baby Girl will feature two live shows, as well as an online livestream, so there are plenty of occasions to enjoy it.
Importantly, Homotopia recognises the challenges COVID-19 has posed with regards to safety and accessibility, so the festival will be offering a combination of online and in-person events. It’s never been easier to connect with the LGBTQIA+ community, and you can do so from your living room.
Homotopia 2021 will return on 28 October, finishing on the 14 November. This isn’t one to miss, DIVAs!
Click here for tickets: homotopia.net
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