August to September, join us every Wednesday for a workshop, think-in, training or dream-in. We’ll be releasing a trio of pocket sized audio plays, finding out what you need from a touring queer venue, and making digital scrapbooks and zines with queer artists and teens.

Curated by Associate Director Jo Tyabji, this season screams “time for care, time for solidarity, time for gender trouble, time for The Sit-In!”

The Sit-In has been made possible with support from Arts Council England Emergency Funding. Check out our blog to find out more about the funds and associated artist bursaries.

All of the events in the Sit-In are affordably priced or free, and we also have free spots available for those who need them. Every event in the season is BSL interpreted.

In addition to The Sit-In season, and outside of our funded activity, we continue to run an anti-racist reading group online. Click here for more info

**Booking**

Each event can be booked directly through the booking link under each event.

Please make payments (if applicable) via PayPal

You don't define me!

Wednesday 12th August, 3 – 6pm

An online creative workshop for LGBTQ+ teens aged 15-19. Whether you’re queer as the day or just questioning, drag kings and theatre directors Jo Tyabji and Celine Lowenthal have got you covered.

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£7  Full price (per person)

(If cost is a barrier, we have a number of free spaces available. Email ruby@milkpresents to reserve a free spot)

BSL Interpreted 

A creative and performing arts workshop for young people aged 15-19 who are queer, LGBTQIA+ or just working stuff out. However you identify, whatever your creative jam is, this workshop has something for you. Meet other queer or questioning teens from all over the country, make new friends and explore your own creativity in this relaxed online workshop. Try out a drag character, write a monologue, create a cabaret act or invent a new kind of performance art. Specialising in drag, performance art and writing, theatre directors Celine Lowenthal and Jo Tyabji have got you covered. Performer & animator Edalia Day will work alongside participants to make a digital zine too! 

Book your place here

BSL Interpreters: Max Marchewicz & Katherine Terrell (TSLI)

Access: Please indicate access needs upon booking. We will do our best to accommodate your needs. If we are unable to accommodate we will inform you in advance and explain why. If this prohibits participation then we will of course refund you any money. 

Think-in! Design a touring queer venue

Throughout Aug & Sept

What does your town, city, village or county need from a touring queer venue? Join award winning performance designer and architect Bethany Wells, Team Milk and fellow LGBTQIA+ folk near and far to dream up your ideal queer space.

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Free

BSL Interpreted

Join Team Milk and award winning performance designer and architect Bethany Wells to dream up your ideal queer space – we’re making a touring venue (yep you heard it here first!) and we’d love you to be a part of it. What does your town, city, village or county need? Where would you like to party? To hang out, meet, celebrate, love, dance, protest? 

Maybe you want a nail bar for families, or a drag workshop for elders? How do you queer a space? What makes a space queer? How do we make access & inclusion paramount? Help us answer these questions and more, and connect with fellow queers and LGBTQIA+ folk across the country. It’s a chance to reflect about queer spaces past and present, and imagine what this new moveable space might look, sound and feel like.

We’re hosting four sessions, each focusing on different kinds of places in the UK. You may fit into a couple of different places, that’s ok, you’re welcome to come to as many sessions as you like. Feel free to come to whichever you feel reflects best where you live. Our descriptions are not a perfect fit, we’re keen to learn about where you live so turn up anyway and let us know if you think we’ve missed you out! 

 

Coastal Towns & Villages – 26th August, 7pm – 8:45pm

From fishing villages to day tripping destinations. If you live on the coast, lit up by the lights of the slot machines or lulled to sleep by the sound of waves, this session is for you.

Book your place here

 

Urban sprawls & bustling metropolis – 2nd September, 7pm – 8:45pm

Busy bus routes to city centres, nights out to early starts. If you live in a large urban area, at home with a city saver travel pass or basking in the warmth of the shopping centre on a cold day, this session is for you. 

Book your place here

 

Market Towns & Cathedral cities – 16th September, 7pm – 8:45pm

High streets to walled streets, public parks to car parks. If you live in a small urban area, navigating well worn streets, hanging out in the local or meeting mates in the park, this session is for you. 

Book your place here

 

Peaks & Lakes – 23rd September, 7pm – 8:45pm

Hiking routes to tea rooms, hilltops to valleys, dales to downs. If you live rurally, waking up to next door’s damn cockerel (that’s how it works, right?) or stumbling down country lanes after last orders, this session is for you.

Book your place here

BSL Interpreters: Max Marchewicz & Katherine Terrell (TSLI)

Access: Please indicate access needs upon booking. We will do our best to accommodate your needs. If we are unable to accommodate we will inform you in advance and explain why. If this prohibits participation then we will of course refund you any money. 

Gender Smart Online Training

Wednesday 9th September 10:30am – 1:30pm

Clear, in-depth approaches to positive gender inclusion in your practice and your organisation.

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£35 – Full price (per person)

£25 – Freelance / concession price (per person)

BSL Interpreted

This workshop is an introduction to positive gender inclusivity within arts organisations. We will discuss best practice, and provide a space for relaxed and open discussion.  We provide skilled, nuanced and informed training which will enable your organisation to enact sensitive and inclusive change. The outcome of this workshop will be a tangible toolkit for venues and organisations to use when actioning gender inclusivity. 

We know that conversation around gender and identity is fast moving, politically charged and ever-changing and our training ensures your organisation stays up-to-date with dialogue, policy and language. Giving you the language and tools to communicate effectively, both as an organisation and with your patrons, Gender Smart will give you and your team adequate knowledge and understanding to help you better support staff members, audiences and artists.

Areas that will be covered:

  • General awareness around transgender, non-binary and queer identities
  • New approaches to gender equality
  • Working with artists
  • Making your spaces welcoming for all.

Length: Three Hours 

Capacity: 25-30 people

Leaders: 2 workshop leaders from Milk Presents 

Who is it for: Anyone working in the arts, but it will be directed at those working within venues or for organisations. You may be a furloughed staff member, or a freelancer who works regularly within organisations. Come on your own or with a few from your team. We also run in-house training which you can book for your organisation. 

Outcome: 

  • Awareness and understanding of Gender Inclusion in the workplace
  • Terminology and legislation 
  • Bespoke discussion about your organisation, including audience & staff facing facilities such as toilets, booking systems, mail outs etc. 
  • Training + Top Tips hand-out for each participant

BOOKING Deadline: 26th August

Book your place here

Access: Please indicate access needs upon booking. We will do our best to accommodate your needs. If we are unable to accommodate we will inform you in advance and explain why. If this prohibits participation then we will of course refund you any money.

Think-in! Smashing White Supremacy in Britain

Wednesday 9th September 7pm – 8:45pm

Creating material solidarity between GRT Black POC queers

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FREE 

BSL Interpreted

The pandemic has revealed British racism and structural violence in new and specific ways. And all the old ways are still there too. Incarceration, police violence, hospital mortality rates, maternal mortality rates, precarious work, the hostile environment, no recourse to public funds… Where do our interests intersect, and how do we build material solidarity where they don’t intersect? In our art, in our activism, in our lives? How do we hear each other across our different experiences? And what do we do when trust is low? Hear from activists working to address specific issues and inequalities, reflect on your own experiences, and build new relationships to plan from and rely on as we work together to create the Britain every one of us needs.  

This session is for racialised queer people in Britain: African, Caribbean, Latinx, Roma, Traveller, All Asian, Persian, Arab, and Jews and Muslims of colour. It will be focused on British social, economic and political contexts, though we will look outwards and be inspired by our siblings in other countries and continents. It will be guided by queer Black and POC facilitators with guests speakers to be announced.

Book your place here

Access: Please indicate access needs upon booking. We will do our best to accommodate your needs. If we are unable to accommodate we will inform you in advance and explain why. If this prohibits participation then we will of course refund you any money.

Summer Summit

11th – 13th September

An online version of Milk’s camping weekender. Swap tents for blanket forts on this weekend retreat for queer performers, artists and theatre makers.

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£30 – Full Price (per person)

(If cost is a barrier we have a number of free spaces available. Email ruby@milkpresents to reserve a free spot)

BSL Interpreted

Campfires crackle, tents are popping up and – oh wait! What? NO! That’s next year!! THIS is an online version of Milk’s camping weekender – SUMMER SUMMIT. Swap tents for blanket forts and bag one of 20 spots on this weekend retreat for queer performers, artists and theatre makers (without the midges). Join Jo and a host of top notch leading queer artists, for a weekend of workshops, discussion, time out and TLC. 

This opportunity is for:

  • artists within the first 5 years of practice
  • artists who identify as LGBTQIA+
  • artists who work in, for example but not limited to, theatre, cabaret, circus, live art, dance

We encourage applications from members of the queer arts community who are currently underrepresented and undersupported in our sector, in particular Black artists, artists of colour, disabled artists and trans artists. 

Who is Summer Summit led by: 

Summer Summit will be led by Jo Tyabji and special guest queer artists from the queer theatre and cabaret scene. (see below for details) 

Summer Summit Schedule: 

Friday 11th September

  • 7:30pm – 9pm – Welcome session

Saturday 12th September

Sunday 13th September

To apply to take part in Summer Summit please send us a paragraph or video/audio recording (approx 300 words) that explains: 

  • Where you are in your practice now 
  • Elements of your practice that you want to develop 

Along with your name, pronouns, location and an Equality & Diversity monitoring form

Application Deadline: 10am, 10th August

Apply here

Participants will be selected by the following criteria:

  • Suitability of Summer Summit content with participants’ development journey 
  • Diversity in art form & practice

Access: Please indicate access needs upon application. We will do our best to accommodate your needs. If we are unable to accommodate we will inform you in advance and explain why. If this prohibits participation then we will of course refund you any money. 

Summer Summit was initially conceived for ‘Making An Entrance’, a development programme supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, which has now been postponed to 2021

 

Tune In

Wednesday 30th Sept

A trio of pocket-sized plays

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Free

Tune-in to three short audio plays, written by Milk Presents’ Prime Issac, Jo Tyabji and Leo Skilbeck, all exploring queerness in unique ways. Sit down with a cuppa (or cocktail…?). Turn up the speakers or pop on your headphones as we bring you poignant, joyous and celebratory queer words and worlds – we got you. 

Access: All transcripts will be available for download