Storyhouse Queer

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

What's happening in Storyhouse Queer?

We hope you enjoyed the very first Storyhouse Queer (24 – 26 February 2023)

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.

We’re looking for LGBTQIA+ people to be part of a focus group to help shape future Storyhouse Queer programming, or to be part of the programme as performers, speakers, workshop facilitators and more. If you’re interested, please provide your email address using the form below and communities manager George will contact you.

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

Activities Paper Recycling Workshop
Garret Bar

Create your very own piece of recycled paper out of waste alongside our Young Leaders, as part of The Great Big Green Week!

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Activities The Great Big Green Week Activities
The Kitchen

Join us in celebrating The Great Big Green Week with colouring in sheets, a Wordsearch and a Treasure Hunt around Storyhouse!

Cinema My Fairy Troublemaker (U)

1 hr 20 | A colourful animation about a cheeky fairy named Violetta who gets lost in the human world.

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On Stage Lunchtime Lectures – Shakespeare’s Magical Thinking by Dr Graham Atkin
Garret Theatre

In this lunchtime lecture, Dr Graham Atkin explores how Shakespeare ‘bodies forth the forms of things unknown’ in his much-loved comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Cinema Young Soul Rebels (18)

1 hr 40 | A convincing picture of late 70s London, youth culture meets identity politics in this part-thriller, part-gay love story set days before the Queen’s Silver Jubilee

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Activities Makaton Storytime
Grosvenor Park

Join Julie from Cheshire West Libraries in the park for a Makaton friendly storytime. We will be adding simple Makaton signs to a selection of our favourite picture books.

Cinema Champions (12A)
Sat 10.30am; Sun 10.30am

2 hrs 4 | AD | A former minor-league basketball coach receives a court order to manage a team of young players with learning disabilities.

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Activities Tanks on the Streets: The Uprising of 17 June 1953 in East Germany
Book Pod

An exhibition commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first uprising in the Eastern Bloc curated by Dr Richard Millington and Steph Coathupe. The exhibition tells the story of the uprising and presents work inspired by the events of 17 June 1953.

On Stage You’re Bard!
Storyhouse Theatre

Shakespeare like you’ve never seen. Four actors. Four Shakespeare shows. Endless possibilities. You – the audience – decide everything.

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On Stage The King of Nothing
Garret Theatre

MONSTRO Theatre’s new show The King of Nothing is an anarchic piece of musical puppet theatre inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s classic The Emperor’s New Clothes.  

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