Storyhouse Queer

Celebrating LGBTQIA+ communities in Chester and beyond
  • Garret Theatre, Meeting Room, Storyhouse Theatre, Cinema, The Kitchen

What's happening in Storyhouse Queer?

Join us at Storyhouse Queer this February for three days of events: join Active Bystander and Be A Better Ally workshops, create a banner and embroidered patch celebrating your identity and links to Queer culture, learn to pose and vogue with our Feeling Fabulous Dance Workshop and Family Catwalk Extravaganza, join avante garde performance artist and trailblazing Queer icon David Hoyle live for a Q&A following a screening of HEDDA (after Ibsen) plus headliners Ginny Lemon and Sister Sister, stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

Storyhouse Queer is a brand new festival in partnership with Chester Pride, over a weekend celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community in Chester and putting them centre stage. It has been co-created with people from local LGBTQIA+ communities of all ages, in response to demand from groups and individuals in the city and beyond.

   

Storyhouse Queer Code of Conduct – read here.
‘Storyhouse Queer’ – why this name was chosen here.

Activities Queer Stories
Board Room

Looking to queer figures and their stories as our stimulus and inspiration, this celebratory workshop will focus on both writing and performing spoken word poetry.

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Activities Feeling Fabulous Dance Workshop
Garret Theatre

Who doesn’t want to feel fabulous? Learn to pose and catwalk like a supermodel with Ghetto Fabulous to some classic LGBTQ anthems.

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On Stage Family Catwalk Extravaganza
Garret Theatre

Four dancers go head to head in a dance, fashion and lip sync competition in an interactive event where the audience decides the winner.

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Cinema Blue Jean (15)

1 hr 37 | England, 1988 – Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government are about to pass a law stigmatizing gays and lesbians, forcing Jean, a PE teacher, to live a double life

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On Stage Ginny Lemon & Sister Sister: You Keep Me Hangin’ On Tour
Storyhouse Theatre

Breakout stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 2 (and the two most despised queens), Ginny Lemon & Sister Sister are trying to bring you the most disappointing drag show you’ve ever seen! 

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Cinema Joyland (15 )

1 hr 42 | As the Rana family eagerly anticipate the birth of a baby boy, Haider takes up a job at an erotic theatre where he is drawn to a trans starlet

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Activities Drop-in Patch Workshop
The Kitchen

Join Radiate Arts CIC for a guided workshop where you can learn simple embroidery to create a patch representing your own identity and your links to queer culture.

Activities Don’t be a Bystander: Bystander Intervention Training
Meeting Room

We can often be witness to situations such as harassment, verbal or physical assaults, or hate incidents, but how can we help?

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Activities Explore Your Identity: a workshop with SK Shlomo
Garret Theatre

International beatboxing star SK Shlomo returns with a very special workshop where you can learn to explore your own story using music, technology and performance skills.

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On Stage Proud Marys in Concert
Storyhouse Theatre

Join Chester’s LGBT choir Proud Marys as they raise their voices to celebrate the richness and diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community across the North West.

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On Stage BREATHE: the play that becomes a rave
Garret Theatre

Described by The Times as a “one-person music festival”, international beatboxing star SK Shlomo returns with award-winning new solo show BREATHE: a rollercoaster love-letter to the lifesaving power of beats, bass & breathing.

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On Stage How To Be A Better Ally
Garret Theatre

This session run by Chester Pride will give you practical tips and information to learn how you can be a better ally to all people and communities who are vulnerable.

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Activities LGBTQ+Banner Making Workshop
Garret Theatre

In this workshop you will be able to tell your own queer story, share a memory, protest or idea, as you create your own mini LGBTQ+ textile banner.

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Cinema HEDDA (after Ibsen) + Q&A with David Hoyle (14+)

1 hr 45 | The iconic avant-garde performer David Hoyle is HEDDA in this one-person, cinematic theatre reimagining that moves past the obvious to create a darkly surreal show

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Cinema Queeriosities From The Archive – Reclaim The Frame Short Film Night (18) + Q&A

1 hr 40 | With this curated programme of short films we say goodbye to what is expected of us when it comes to intimacy, partnership and sexuality.

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Activities Queer Stories
Board Room

Looking to queer figures and their stories as our stimulus and inspiration, this celebratory workshop will focus on both writing and performing spoken word poetry.

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Activities Storyhouse Secret Spies Training Academy
Garret Theatre

Learn new skills, perfect existing ones, earn your Secret Spy badge, make new friends and have lots of fun this February half-term!

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On Stage Dr Amir Khan: Doctor In The House
Storyhouse Theatre

Join everyone’s favourite family doctor, Dr Amir Khan, for a fascinating, heart-warming, and frequently hilarious evening.

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Activities Youth Vibe 18+
Meeting Room

Youth Vibe over 18s is a group for D/deaf, Hearing loss or CODA people ages 18-25 to meet like-minded friends and have fun.

On Stage PopVox Choir Performance
The Kitchen

PopVox Choir is a contemporary fun and friendly choir for adults. They will be performing at Storyhouse as part of Storyhouse women.

On Stage Student Nurses Sing for Health
The Kitchen

Student nurses from Chester University will be showcasing their newly formed choir at Storyhouse.

Past event
Cinema Tori and Lokita (15)

1 hr 29 | A young boy and an adolescent girl, who have travelled to Belgium from Africa, pit their invincible friendship against the cruel conditions of their exile.

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Cinema Preview: Sick of Myself (Cert: TBC)

1 hr 35 | A darkly comic film about terrible people. Signe and Thomas are in an unhealthy competitive relationship that takes a vicious turn

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Cinema Prayers For The Stolen (15)

1 hr 51 | The complex, subtle, tender and heart-rending story of a young girl’s journey to adolescence in a village menaced by drug cartels and people traffickers.

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Cinema Preview: Lunana A Yak In The Classroom (PG)

1 hr 49 | A teacher struggling for inspiration is sent to the remotest school in the world. It takes being so far away to understand the importance of his work.

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