Queer Rural Connections (“Queer Rural X”): Mediating Rural Queer Identity through Technology, Theatre and Film
Queer Rural X is led by actor/director/writer Timothy Allsop and researcher/artist Dr Kira Allmann alongside the theatre and education company, Turn of Phrase, and audio production company, Cherry Soup Productions. We are collecting life stories of rural queer people for a free, public archive at the University of Oxford and adapting these stories into a theatre piece and short film.
We invite interviewees to participate in all stages of the project, including developing ideas for the theatrical productions.
The project aims to explore how rural LGBTQIA+ communities experience connection and disconnection in a rural setting. Through spotlighting rural experiences, we hope to decenter queer aesthetics from urban, metropolitan spaces. We will also look at the impact of digital communications technologies on queer rural spaces, generational divides, social life, coming out experiences, and support service access.
The film and theatre piece will tour several heritage and arts venues, and will also be part of an Oxford panel day in the summer of 2021. There will be workshops, talk-backs and opportunities for audiences and participants to engage with queer archival material as part of the project.
Introducing Queer Rural X
Tim is an actor, writer, and director. After studying History at Balliol College, Oxford, Timothy trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Tim holds an MA in Creative Fiction from Royal Holloway. His plays include Open (co-written with Chris Adams) and fiction work includes The Smog, along with various short story publications.
Kira is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Media Law & Policy at the University of Oxford. Her research and writing focuses on local, grassroots solutions to closing the digital divide, especially in rural communities. She holds a BA in Government and Linguistics from the College of William and Mary and an MPhil and DPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford.