‘The house is just a house; it bears no consequence.’
A young queer couple inherit a home. A joint renovation project begins. A restless house gathers strength.
A missing dog – A magic mirror – A dream acquired.
As the wedge between them widens, Leah and Oli are forced to take direct action against their legacy.
An exploration of home-making, the seduction of normalcy and the cost our dreams can come at. Award-winning poet’s Oakley Flanagan’s debut play is told in collaboration with OPIA Collective’s multi-disciplinary style.
Supported by Gendered Intelligence and Arts Council England.Book Now
OPIA Collective was formed in 2018 as a collective of artists who identify as either queer, female or both and whose strengths lie in various art forms such as film-makers, writers, musicians, poets and dancers led by Artistic Director, Masha Kevinovna and Executive Director, Nikita Karia. Their primary mission is to create multidisciplinary work that brings an authentic representation of the female and LGBTQIA+ experience. Their work has been performed, commissioned, and developed at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Lyric Hammersmith, Battersea Arts Centre, Omnibus, Theatre Peckham, The Albany and The Bunker Theatre.Book Now
Writer: Oakley Flanagan
Director: Masha Kevinovna
Associate Director/ Content Creator: Josie Kyan
Producer: Oli Isaac
Assistant Producer: Rachel Carlton
Designer: Cara Evans
Composer: Ben Ramsden
Movement Director: Maria Koripas
Lighting Designer: Gregory Jordan
'This Queer House was a real treat to hear those words and examine issues so thoroughly whilst also finding space for humour and experimentation. An ingenious use of space and extremely fascinating to explore the ordinariness vs the non-conformity and what happens when someone is used to the latter and how that affects theirs sense of self and what barometers are used to define conformity .’ - Sabrina Mahfouz
Quotes from audience feedback:
'Fantastically written and brilliant casting across the board.'
'The play highlighted all the complex issues, perceptions and challenges - we are all human. Absolutely brilliant!'
'Riotous and complex'
"Excellent story and the humour was fantastic"
"The music was sensational...beautiful images created"
"Excellent pace and clear dialogue. Extremely professional performances and almost seamless change of characters."
On oakley as a writer:
‘oakley has a style that is pure invention, a unique voice and imaginative use of language, a content that is raw and true, and an approach to difficult subject matter that [is] wholly creative, refreshing and genuine [...] talent like this is rare ’. - Salena Godden, poet, performer and author, shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award.
'Riotous and complex' - Martha Sprackland, poet, winner of the Eric Gregory Prize on oakley's work.
'Immediately striking and impressively ambitious' - Ellie Horne, Royal Court on This Queer House's first draft written when oakley was a part of The Court's Playwright's Programme mentored by Simon Longman.
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