In Our Skin* (coming in June 2022)

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Connecting the lived experiences of gay men in two diverse cities across the hemisphere.

Photo credit: Rachel Bunce, RB Films

OVERVIEW

In Our Skin is a verbatim-based theatre project that highlights the lived experiences of gay men living in Birmingham (UK) & Johannesburg (South Africa). Its development began in Johannesburg in late-2017 and was expanded during the pandemic to include Birmingham through a generous commission from the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC). Transcripts from a series of over 30 interviews conducted across each city will now form the basis of an original play that will be staged at MAC in June 2022.

EXPLORATORY R&D WITH MAC (Midlands Arts Centre) in 2021

Photo credit: Rachel Bunce, RB Films

The work went into a final phase of research and development (R&D) with MAC in Oct-Nov 2021. The aim was to experiment with the integration of text, music, design, & video to create a performance that captured the energy, diversity, resilience, complexity, & vibrancy of the stories shared by participants from across the two cities. The workshop explored staging ideas, allowed an opportunity for bits of interviews to be integrated into music, and helped refine a visual language for the text. This open-to-the-public exploratory R&D culminated in a public sharing at MAC, and a conversation as part of SHOUT Festival 2021.

R&D CREATIVE TEAM

Director – Greg Homann

Assistant Director – Frazer Meakin

Composer – Oliver Farrow

Designer – María Sánchez

Videographer – Rachel Bunce

R&D CAST

Thom Petty

Tomas Wolstenholme

Clint Lesch

Jason Adam

IN OUR SKIN AS PART OF SHOUT in 2020

This 35 minute work in progress version of the project was presented as part of Birmingham’s SHOUT Festival 2020. The presentation is collaged from extracts from four participant interviews, two from each city, creating four monologues performed by actors.

SHOUT FILM CREATIVE TEAM

A Project Created & Directed by Greg Homann

Video Edit by Rachel Bunce

SHOUT FILM CAST

Real Boy Gopala Davies

Khakan Vimal Korpal

Richard Graeme Rose

Given Sabelo Ndumo

FILM CREW IN BIRMINGHAM

Rachel Bunce

FILM CREW IN JOHANNESBURG

Mark Middlewick (Location Director)

James Brooke

Mike Mdlawuza

Bandile Maupa

With thanks to Deborah Kermode, Rico Johnson-Sinclair, Khaylihle Dom Gumede, Mark Middlewick, Clive Morris Productions, Evie Kissack, the National School of the Arts, Brenda Sakellarides, Film Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, Stephanie Ridings, Willem Stassen, the Market Theatre Lab, GALA Queer Archive, and all of the participants who have shared their stories as part of the In Our Skin project.

CONTACT IN OUR SKIN

Email: inourskinproject@gmail.com

DM on Twitter: @In_Our_Skin

* In Our Skin is supported by The Market Theatre Lab and GALA Queer Archive in Johannesburg. It has been developed to production under commission from Midlands Arts Centre (MAC).