8 queer texts to read in our theatre library

By 28 June 2022Blog

Middle Child highlight eight LGBTQ+ works from our theatre library collection in honour of pride month.

Although pride month is close to it’s end, our literary manager Matthew May has headed to the queer collection in our theatre library to recommend 8 texts that are here to check out all year round.

Our theatre library has a collection of over 2,000 free-to-borrow books available to any resident of Hull and the East Riding. All of these plays are available now during the library hours of Tuesday 10am-1pm and Friday 2pm-5pm, or outside these hours on request.

The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell


The 1958 Phillip is in love with Oliver, but married to Sylvia. The 2008 Oliver is addicted to sex with strangers. Sylvia loves them both. Alternating between 1958 and 2008, The Pride examines changing attitudes to sexuality, looking at intimacy, identity and the courage it takes to be who you really are.

Chiaroscuro by Jackie Kay


Chiraroscuro: (noun) the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting.

Aisha, Yomi, Beth and Opal couldn’t be more different, but when Aisha hosts a dinner party, the friends soon discover that they’re all looking for answers to the same question. Does it lie in Aisha’s childhood? Or in Beth and Opal’s new romance? Who will tell them who they really are?

Global Queer Plays by Oberon Modern Playwrights


From the legacy of colonialism in India to the farcical bureaucracy of marriage law in Kosovo; from a school counsellor in Taiwan coming out as HIV+, to coming of age in an Israel-Palestine coexistence camp, this is a genre-spanning collection of global writing. A unique anthology bringing together stories of queer life from international playwrights, these seven plays showcase the dazzling multiplicity of queer narratives across the globe: the absurd, the challenging, and the joyful.

And The Rest of Me Floats by Outbox Theatre


And The Rest of Me Floats is all about the messy business of gender. Performers from across the trans, non-binary, and queer communities weave together autobiographical performance, movement, pop songs, stand-up and dress-up in this anarchic celebration of gender expression and identity. Playful and powerful, And The Rest of Me explores how it feels to live in a society where you are regularly categorised and policed.

Since U Been Gone by Tabby Lamb


When friends die and pronouns change, what’s left of the memories that don’t fit anymore? Brought to life with storytelling, an original pop music score, and way too many America’s Next Top Model references, Since U Been Gone is a moving and powerful autobiographical account about childhood co-stars, teenage rebellion, growing up queer in the mid-noughties, and finding yourself while losing a friend.

Jumpers for Goalposts by Tom Wells


Luke wants Danny, but Danny’s got a secret. Joe’s happy in goal, but Goeff wants a headline gig. Viv just wants to beat the lesbians to the league title. Game on. A hilarious and heartwarming comedy about football, friendship and finding your way.

Burgerz by Travis Alabanza


After someone threw a burger at them and shouted a transphobic slur, performance artist Travis Alabanza became obsessed with burgers. How they are made, how they feel, and smell. How they travel through the air. How the mayonnaise feels on your skin. This play is the climax of their obsession – exploring how trans and gender non-conforming bodies exist and how, by them reclaiming an act of violence, we can address our own complicity.

Angels in America by Tony Kushner


America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Angels in America went on to win two Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Is there something missing from our collection? Browse our catalogue and get in touch if you want to recommend plays to add to our ever-growing library.