This Thursday, there's an interesting conference on at the University of Plymouth. Organised by the Community Archives and Heritage Group, it's going to look at creative responses to archives in Devon and Cornwall. Among the speakers will be playwright Natalie McGrath, who'll be talking about a creative partnership between a group of artists calling themselves We'll Meet in Moscow and Plymouth's award-winning LGBT archive.
In late February this year, the group presented six brand new 10-minute plays at Plymouth's Barbican Theatre as part of LGBT History Month. These were all by LGBT writers responding to stories in the archive, and met with a very positive reception. In the words of the artists involved:
We were overwhelmed by the generous responses from the audience in the post-reading conversation. They were immediately curious about what archives can achieve and resonate, with suggestions of thinking about how to use this model as an example for other LGBT archives in the region.
If you've ever thought of using archives as a source of inspiration for writing your own plays or stories, why not visit us here at the Art and Design Archives?