All The Things We Grieve

An Exeter City of Literature Commission 2021

I invited a range of LGBTQIA+ people to answer questions about what they were missing during this time of a global pandemic.

I wanted to capture something about LGBTQIA+ lives during the global pandemic and it felt like something intimate was required for this in the writing. The writing is slow and it is gentle as it wanders.  It is a testimony to the humanity and resilience that was shared with me so generously at a time of extremis.  I loved reading all the different and varied responses whilst listening to song choices sent in and shared with me.  I laughed, was stopped in my tracks and humbled by the answers sent.  Thank you.  

It has been a time of bodies and the heart.

A massive thanks to all who contributed their thoughts and responses, and to the creative team involved in making this work.  

Words: Natalie McGrath

BSL Interpretation: Catherine Hall

Digital:  Gillian Taylor

Dramaturgy: Josie Sutcliffe

Many thanks to Belinda Dillon and to Exeter City of Literature.

Content Warning: This contains some strong language.

Watch the video

Listen in to Natalie talking about her experiences as a playwright with four other writers who were all part of the Traverse Theatre’s Open Submissions programme 2019:

Latest R&D
Supported by an Arts Council South West Project Grant Award this new project is about developing a new play about the lives of young LGBTQ characters.  As part of this very early stage research and development work, I will be working with young LGBQT+ people to find out more about how they use language and self-identify. There is also a new collaboration with RAMM (Royal Albert Memorial Museum) in Exeter, supporting and developing ideas of how to queer the museum. 

The Cause on tour 2018