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This Queer House [VAULT Festival 2020 debut]

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Award-winning poet Oakley Flanagan’s debut play is told in collaboration with female and LGBTQIA+ artists OPIA Collective’s multi-disciplinary style.

VAULT Festival 2020 | 27th Feb – 1st March; 16:30 and 19:45 | Network Theatre

“One crack in the foundations. Terrible storm. Boom.” 

This Queer House is an exciting collaboration between award-winning poet Oakley Flanagan and the multi-disciplinary OPIA Collective, a group of female and LGBTQIA+ artists. 

This Queer House skilfully explores home-making, the seducation of normalcy, and the cost of our dreams in OPIA’s trademark multidisciplinary style. 

This Queer House sees Leah and Oli, a young queer couple, inherit a house and seize at the chance to acquire a dream. A joint renovation project begins. A restless house gathers strength. Time passes. 

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. 

“OPIA Collective’s This Queer House is cross-disciplinary work from a group of artists who identify as queer and female and who will be exploring societal norms and respectability politics.” Lyn Gardener

ABOUT OAKLEY: oakley is a writer originally from the West Midlands. They are an alumni of the Royal Court’s Intro To Playwrighting Programme & the winner of the Out-Spoken Prize for Page Poetry 2018. 

ABOUT OPIA Collective: 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. Their primary mission is to create multidisciplinary work that brings an authentic representation of the female and LGBTQIA+ experience. The last production, The Girl With Glitter In Her Eye was recently performed as part of The Bunker’s final season. The Creative Team is spearheaded by Artistic Director Masha Kevinovna who was recently Assistant Director to Stef O’Driscoll at Royal Court on A History of Water in the Middle East. 

TEAM: Cast: Humaira (Spun, Arcola), Liv (SWARM, Camden’s People’s Theatre), Lucia Young (Slap – BAFTA Nominated – Best British Short) Writer: Oakley Flanagan Director: Masha Kevinovna Assistant Director/ Content Creator: Josie Kyan Producer: Oli Isaac Assistant Producer: Rachel Woodward Carlton Designer: Cara Evans Composer: Ben Ramsden Featured photo: Idris Rhys Supported by Arts Council England, Soho Theatre, Theatre Peckham, Hounslow Arts Centre