"Gay life is complex, unique, contradictory and nuanced. This is not always made visible."
Call out for interviewees
Midlands Arts Centre (MAC). in partnership with director, playwright and academic Greg Homann is inviting gay men in Birmingham to participate in a voluntary and confidential 90-minute interview as part of a theatre-based project, In Our Skin.
The project aims to document the lived experiences of gay men living in two diverse cities across the hemisphere – Birmingham, UK and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Transcripts from a series of interviews conducted in each city will form the basis of an original verbatim play.
More about the project
The aim is to create a conversation between Birmingham and Johannesburg that highlights what it is like to live as a gay man in cities today.
In Our Skin is supported by The Market Theatre Lab in Johannesburg and is now advancing its research and development (R&D) with support from Midlands Arts Centre (MAC).
Celebrated South African-born theatre director, playwright, and academic, Greg Homann, is leading the project.
He says, "I am inviting anyone currently living in Birmingham who identifies as a gay man and is over 18 to participate in an interview. You can choose to tell your story privately and share it anonymously using a pseudonym."
Interviews in Johannesburg have already been completed. Homann says, “The 17 participants in Johannesburg represented a broad cross-section of the economic, racial and religious divides in that city.
"They capture stories of love, hope, prejudice, joy, discovery, hurt, sex, pain, bravery & much more. I am now looking to extend this project to include Birmingham and to counterpoint the lived experiences between one place and another."
How to get involved
Interviews will take place late-August and October 2020. Please contact Greg for more information or to sign up at:
DM on Twitter: @In_Our_Skin Message
Facebook Page: In Our Skin Project
About Greg Homann
Greg Homann is a multi-award winning South African-born theatre director, playwright, dramaturg, and academic now living in the UK. For over 15 years he worked in South Africa where he was associated with some of the most successful, hard-hitting and critically acclaimed work staged in that country in its recent past. He has been lauded for his dramaturgy and directing of productions of new work. In 2014 he was the recipient of South Africa’s highest accolade for theatre, the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award. His most recent work in the UK includes directing Humans at Work for the Warwick Arts Centre and When Swallows Cry at the RADA Festival 2019. www.greghomann.com
About Verbatim Theatre
Verbatim Theatre is theatre made from real people’s actual words. It is a form of documentary theatre that allows theatre makers to explore events and themes by using interviews and transcripts, and by incorporating the real words of the people who are at the centre of the subject matter. The form was hugely influential in the revival of political world theatre at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Two prominent plays that used the form are THE LARAMIE PROJECT about the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, and TRUTH IN TRANSLATION, which told the story of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) through the eyes of its young interpreters.