The Sound RnD work has been supported by Arts Council South West Project Grant Awards. This has seen the early stage development of a new play about the lives of young queer characters in Plymouth. There has been a writing residency at Dartington Live and studio time with young queer performers at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
The project has also seen in-depth dramaturgy taking place with Josie Sutcliffe and a developing collaboration with Dr Jana Funke from the University of Exeter, where there has been an ongoing commitment to ‘queering’ RAMM – Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. This has produced the very first Rainbow Trail for the Museum, responding to their collections in collaboration with young LGBTQ+ people from X-Plore Youth Group and Exeter College.
A new LGBTQ+ platform has been established at Exeter Phoenix as an Open Mic and Social to encourage and support new queer work in Exeter. The outcome of supporting four young queer artists with small commissions will see this work further developed and performed at Exeter Phoenix’s 2019 Come As You Are Festival.