With the grant from Lesbians Incorporated Fruit Box Theatre will help fund a development session for their Ripe Development Program. Ten LGBTQI+ Sydney-based actors and five LGBTQI+ playwrights based anywhere in Australia will be selected to participate in the Program. Which will include a day-long session full of workshops, consultation and brainstorming. This session will directly impact and advance the development of an original script, it will also unite a community of queer theatre-makers in a safe, collaborative and cathartic environment. The scenes that are developed during this development session will go on to be staged in a “Scratch Night” during Pride Month and will form the building blocks of a full script which will be staged when Sydney hosts World Pride in 2023.
Throughout 2022, writers will work closely with the Artistic Director and engage in development sessions with actors to workshop scripts from conception to fruition. FBT’s creative process is focused on camaraderie, collaboration and catharsis. The Program will directly involve and benefit the ten LGBTQI creatives involved and will indirectly benefit the broader queer community by improving queer representation on stage.
Fruit Box Theatre is a non-profit organisation that aims to improve the well-being and representation of all queer people – including lesbians – and is led by Co-Founder & Managing Director Madeleine Gandhi.
Click here for a full list of 2022 Ripe Development Program participents.