Writers, Spring 2023

Writer for HIV music project, The Sunday Boys

The Sunday Boys are a low voiced, open access LGBTQ+ choir based in the city of Manchester. We are looking for two early career writers to each create a 3-5 minute monologue for an upcoming gig at The Lowry in April 2023 exploring lived experiences of HIV.

Working with HIV support organisation George House Trust, and theatre-maker and HIV activist Nathaniel Hall, we are programming a range of music, alongside two newly written songs, exploring four eras of the HIV pandemic:

  • Pre-medicine (1980s and early 90s)

  • Advent of medication (90s-2016)

  • U=U/PrEP (2016-present day)

  • The future.

As part of this project four new monologues will be commissioned to capture contemporary experiences of living with HIV in collaboration with people from across Greater Manchester and the North.

Successful writers, with mentorship from Nathaniel, will create a monologue based on one of the eras described above to be performed in between musical performances. 

The performance is scheduled for Sunday 2nd April 2023 at The Lowry.

We particularly welcome applications from people who are currently underrepresented amongst the choir’s membership including those from the global majority, women, and trans people. We particularly welcome applications from people living with or affected by HIV.

We are currently in the process of preparing an Arts Council England bid and looking for someone to be named on the application. Because this work is currently not guaranteed, and we are aware of the constraints on artists’ time, we ask interested writers to fill in this short form telling us about them and their work:

Fill in the short form here

We will potentially invite a handful of artists to a short interview arranged at a mutually convenient time. Fee will be discussed with successful artists and will be in line with industry standards.

Applications close 9AM Monday 16th May

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