To celebrate LGBTQ+ history month, tonight (Sunday 21st February 2021) Queerativity presented us with an evening of LGBTQ+ monologues. Queerativity is a new platform specializing in showcasing queer art and creating LGBTQ+ events.
The event kicked off with Megan Black performing her beautiful original song ‘Fur Coat Queen’. Megan’s voice is stunning and this original song compliments it with an aesthetic that features the dream like creativity you expect from Florence and the Machine, plus the underscore of a piano which reminds you of a piece by Adele. This song is available on all streaming platforms so please do check it out. Great performance to kick off the evening.
The first monologue of the evening is ‘Please Leave a Message’ written by Hannah McGregor. This monologue surrounds a girl calling home to give a candid admission to her mother. The powerful monologue is performed by Chelsea Grace. Chelsea’s performance is very naturalistic and honest. The emotion that Chelsea shows really packs a punch with the overall issues tackled in this monologue. The writing for this monologue is so raw and devastating. The issues featured truly do relate to coming out or being gay specifically within Scotland. And this specific scope resonated with many viewers as it was clear within the Q & A session.
The next monologue is ‘Oatmilk Obsession’ by Ruby Leslie. The monologue tells the story of a gay women describing her crush of a barista at her local coffee shop. Laura Coull gives an energetic performance into her mirror, utilizing the very creative camera angle she chose. Laura hits every comical cue and does well to radiate the character’s emotion of curiosity and endearment. The writing of this monologue is laced with gorgeous nuances which makes the story so compelling to viewers.
‘Welcome Party’ by Samuel Coal is a monologue which caught me off guard, as the topic of gay adoption is not often spoken about in Scotland, however Samuel does well to capture this topic in a poetic scope. Padraic Riddle performs this monologue perfectly. Even though he is perhaps too young for the subject matter of this monologue, the emotion shown is real and very believable. The subtilty he also brings to this character really lifts the piece and makes the performance very intimate. This monologue is one which definitely tackles a subject that needs to be spoken about more in Scotland.
‘Yas Queen’ by Emily Powers is a monologue which approaches the difficult discussion of toxic masculinity present from gay men, specifically them touching the female body without consent. Ellis Busby gives an impassioned and direct delivery of this monologue. It is clear the ideology of this monologue resonates with the actress. Emily Powers does well to write this monologue with the important issue diluted with creativity, as if this was written too heavy handed it may come across as preachy, however, that is definitely not the case with this piece. It is a matter which is not spoken about regularly and this speech certainly opened up a discussion, which shows the monologue has done it’s job to raise people’s awareness.
And finally, we have ‘Conversation with the Bar Man’ by Abbie McLauren. This monologue which surrounds a woman having a discussion with a bartender before meeting her date (who is also another women), is laced with contemporary humor. The piece is definitely something which could be compared to the works of Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Lucy Hilton performs the piece nailing the awkward humor needed to portray the character, while also hitting the serious cues for the rather candid admissions. This is a well-rounded and highly enjoyable monologue.
One big thing I wish to mention is Queerativity’s inclusivity for including BSL interpreters in the event, I believe this is something which the digital theatre age has sorely left behind, however Queerativity made the right decision in having interpreters included. So, thank you to Catherine and Max for making sure deaf theatre lovers are not left behind. Also, well done to Heather Richardson for hosting and producing the event, amazing effort.
This entire event was live and broadcast via Zoom, which is very ballsy considering that performances going ahead seamlessly depended on each performer’s WiFi connection. One thing that zoom can do is limit what you’re able to achieve in terms of visual creativity. As much as each performance and the writing was to such a high standard, perhaps visually Queerativity would be able to achieve more if the event was pre-recorded? This is just a slight criticism; however, I really admire Queerativity for being bold and doing a live performance as their debut event.
Queerativity’s LGBTQ+ monologue night was an entertaining and highly thought-provoking evening, with many important issues being raised through great writing and stellar performances. If you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community, make sure to follow Queerativity on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with their events.