A Homotopia and Unity Theatre commission…
Looking at Liverpool through a queer lens, The Walk is a stroll through the city, as told by 6 LGBTQIA writers/performers.
Join Homotopia as we take the walk…
A. Day Mattar, St James’ Garden
Liverpool’s resident Non-Binary, Nudey-Rudey, Shiny-Whiny Poet Day Mattar gives us a Queer Fairy Tale based on their experiences in St James’ Garden.
About the writer: Day graduated with distinction from MMU with a M.A. in Poetry. They have published within the UK and internationally (Rattle, The Rialto, Lambda Literary, The Tangerine), and in 2017 won Bronze at the Creative Future Literary Awards. ‘SKiNN’, their forthcoming pamphlet, will be published in May 2021 with Broken Sleep. Follow Day on Instagram @daymattarpoetry.
B. Fox Fisher, Lime Street
Our Artist-in-residence Fox Fisher will give a visitor’s perspective of the city, walking from Lime Street through town and talking to the city’s trans community as they go.
About the writer: Fox is an award winning artist, film maker and campaigner. Fox has co-authored two books: Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl? and The Trans Teen Survival Guide, both which have been widely popular and reach audiences all over Europe and to the US. Fox is a proud partron of LGBT Switchboard and a co-founder and trustee of Trans Pride, Brighton. Follow Fox on Instagram @theFoxFisher.
C. Ashleigh Owen, Williamson Square
Homotopia Associate Artist Ashleigh Owen shares her story of returning to Liverpool and finding her queer tribe after walking out of a life-changing theatre show onto Williamson Square.
About the writer: Ashleigh’s work challenges misconceptions and stereotypes linked to her lived experiences and identity; commenting on societal norms and injustices, to encourage social change. Her work has a lot of heart and sends audiences on an emotional journey using music, cabaret, comedy and parody. She was nominated for Best Entertainer and Best Achievement at The British Plus Size Awards in 2015. In 2013 she was the winner of the body positive, beauty and talent pageant Hamburger Queen. Most recently she was awarded the Lynda La Plante prize for outstanding artistic practice. Follow Ashleigh on Instagram @Ashleigh__Owen
D. Maz Hedgehog, Dale Street
Maz Hedgehog gives us a look at heartbreak and healing, and being brave enough to feel again, set along Dale Street.
About the writer: Maz is a writer and performer whose work re-imagines folklore and mythologies – her work has appeared in magazines like the Saboteur Award Shortlisted Riggwelter Press and Hugo Finalist FIYAH Lit Mag. Her debut chapbook, Vivat Regina, was published by Superbia Books in February 2020. She has worked with organisations such as Royal Exchange Theatre, Penguin, A Lovely Word, and Manchester International Festival, performing at events form Edinburgh to Brighton. Follow Maz on Instagram @MazHedgehog.
E. Mo Svendsen, Eberle Street
Mo Svendsen gives us a dystopian sci-fi, which revisits past queer love walking through Eberle Street in the Gay Quarter.
About the writer: Maral Kassabian Svendsen (better known as Mo) is an American born Danish-Armenian writer and poet who moved to the UK in 2005 and is now a citizen. Mo writes primarily political sci-fi and has produced a webshow and webcomics, as well as performed poetry at Reclaim The Night, Blackfest, and several Pride events, among others. They are currently working on a one person show about gender and medical negligence, as well as a play about mental health and the disregard of patients input based on Alice in Wonderland.
F. Marjorie H Morgan, Albert Dock
Award-winning playwright Marjorie H Morgan will offer an intersectional approach to the Albert Dock, anchored to the city, to family, to self.
About the writer: Marjorie is an award winning playwright, director and producer based in Liverpool. Her works explore the theme of ‘Home,’ in particular historic and contemporary migration stories, giving voice to those marginalised in pockets of British society. As the writer-in-residence for the Liverpool Independents Biennial Marjorie wrote The Thin Red Line in 2018, which was performed at Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool as a response to Banu Cennetoğlu’s public arts installation “The List”. Marjorie has written for The Guardian, gal-dem, red pepper, ROOT-ed magazine and Cinema Femme. Follow Marjorie on Instagram @MarjorieHMorgan.
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Co-commissioned by the Unity Theatre, Liverpool