Lemon House Theatre launches Lemon Lounge: A series of talks with queer artists and artists from the MENA diaspora about their experiences in theatre

Following on from their double-bill of DIFFERENT SAND & WILLOW at the Bunker Theatre, Lemon House Theatre are hosting a new six-part series of talks where they chat to Queer artists and artists from the MENA diaspora about their experiences in theatre. 

Presented by Lemon House Theatre’s Co-Artistic Directors Jennifer Cerys and Samia Djilli, each episode will involve them chatting to different artists about finding their community in theatre, and telling the stories that are too often missing from our stages. 

These talks are taking place as part of St. Margaret’s House’s REACH Online project to support the development of Lemon House Theatre’s plays Willow and an upcoming untitled project. Alongside these talks, you’ll hear extracts from these works-in-progress, which are responding to the kind of questions raised by the artists in each episode. 

The first episode was released on 9 July: lemonhousetheatre.com/lemon- lounge 

Episodes will be released weekly until 20 August (including a one-week break on 30 July). 

These episodes are free to listen to, due to the support of the arts charity St. Margaret’s House. More details on their REACH Online project can be found here: stmargaretshouse.org.uk/reach-about 

The guests for the first part of the series are performers Jennifer Dixon, Teddy Lamb, Sophia O’Donohue, directors Hannah Hauer-King and Sita Thomas, and producers Daisy Hale and Salome Wagaine. It will cover topics such as the future of queer theatre and why queer characters are often experiencing trauma. 

The second part of the series will explore the visibility of MENA artists on stages in the UK, and will include conversations with directors Janisè Sadik and Layla Madanat, and actors Iman Boujel and Roann McCloskey. 

More About Lemon House Theatre 

Lemon House Theatre is a theatre company that makes vibrant theatre that creates conversations between artists and audiences. The company is also rooted in the idea of collaboration, having been created as a way to build a community hub where artists feel supported in taking risks and experimenting. 

They were at the Bunker Theatre last September with their double bill of shows Different Sand and Willow, and they have previously staged a new writing night for mixed race artists at the arts charity St. Margaret’s House, where they are also Associate Artists. They have previously been a part of Old Diorama’s Associate Performer Scheme, which supports experimental, creative work. 

Lemon House Theatre is run by Co-Artistic Directors Samia Djilli and Jennifer Cerys. Samia is Assistant Producer at Tamasha Theatre Company, and has worked with Kali Theatre Company on their inaugural Discovery Programme, and produced short night at the Royal Court and Theatre 503. Jennifer is a graduate of the Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Lab and has had her work staged at the King’s Head Theatre, VAULT Festival, Betsey Trotwood Theatre and the Etcetera Theatre. She had previously been a part of The S+K Project’s artist development scheme for underrepresented writers. 

Deadline: not applicable 

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