Out at School is a verbatim theatre script of monologues that the research team has created from video interviews we collected in the LGBTQ Families Speak Out study.
The term “verbatim” refers to the origins of the words spoken in the monologues. In a verbatim monologue, the words of people who are interviewed are transcribed, edited, arranged, and re-contextualized so that they can be performed on stage by actors.
Out at School is a work-in-progress. It currently consists of a script that contains eleven verbatim monologues based on interviews with 10 different families, a set of visual images that accompany each monologue drawn by benjamin lee hicks (2017), and two songs, “Pushing the Envelope” (2017) and "Let Love be the Way" (2018), both composed and performed by Kate Reid. The songs draw on a number of themes in the monologues.
Currently, five more scripts are in the process of being written on the themes of making family, families with transgender children, Two-Spirit families, what happens in classrooms, and homophobic and transphobic bullying.
In 2018 we performed and discussed Out at School at:
The Art and Industry Festival in Melbourne, Australia, in November 2018.
The L Fest in Llandudno, Wales, in July 2018.
Nuit Rose, Toronto, June 2018.
The CTL Department Meeting, May 2018.
The American Educational Research Association Conference, New York, April 2018.
In 2017 we performed the play at:
Gailey Road's 10th Anniversary Celebration in Toronto in January 2017.
The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity's Ontario Educator’s Conference in in Toronto April 2017.
Northlea Elementary and Middle School in Toronto in May 2017.
The Canadian Association for Theatre Research Conference in Toronto in May 2017.
The scripts and the visuals are not yet ready to post on our website, but MP3 audio recordings of the songs, "Pushing the Envelope" and "Let Love Be the Way" can be downloaded from our home page.