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The Stories We Tell

The Stories We Tell is a new theatre cultural exchange residency that will bring together a collective of young queer female, genderqueer and non-binary theatre makers  from the UK, Kenya and South Africa.


We are looking for two participants to take part in the project which will interrogate and celebrate African and British queer experiences, exploring gender, sexuality, ethnicity and nationality, culminating in two weeks of devising and live performance in South Africa in August 2022.

You will have the opportunity to work with British-South African Director Ameera Conrad, South African Writer and Director Tankiso Mambola, and Kenyan filmmaker Michelle Shingi. They will lead the residency which will respond to the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s upcoming main house play and 25th anniversary production of Closer, interrogated through an intersectional lens to explore how gender and sexuality play a part in who we let in and how the world reacts. With a collective of performers and creatives from three countries, Stories We Tell will ask the questions ‘Why do we love who we love and how does it change us?’

Applications are now open for young LGBTQ+ women, genderqueer and/or non-binary theatre makers from the Global Majority, aged 18-25, based in West London who are interested in developing devising and performance skills to apply for an audition for a place on the project.

In order to apply, you must fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • Aged 18-25 on the 30th July 2022
  • Identify as a Queer Woman, Genderqueer and/or Non-Binary Person
  • Identify as from the Global Majority
  • Currently live in one of the 10 West London Boroughs – Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Richmond upon Thames, Wandsworth and Westminster
  • Be fully available to take part in the residency in South Africa from Friday 29th July – Sunday 14th August 2022
  • Have a valid UK Passport which expires no earlier than March 2023
  • Have Proof of Full Vaccination Status (or exemption)

Please note as this is a Young Lyric participatory project, participants will not be paid a fee to take part in the residency. All travel, accommodation and living expenses will be provided  by the Lyric Hammersmith.

To apply, please fill in the below application form and email to Charlie Bindels at by 10AM Friday 20th May. If you have any questions or need this form in an alternative format, please get in touch via email.


The Stories We Tell is a partnership between the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre of the UK, Sibikwa Arts Centre of South Africa and the National Youth Theatre of Kenya. It is kindly supported by the British Council and The Daneford Trust.