We talk to the co-creators Eleanor Colville, Rosanna Suppa and Robbie Taylor Hunt as well as performer Elizabeth Chu about Lesbian Space Crime at Soho Theatre.
Can you sum up Lesbian Space Crime in five words?
Eleanor: Lesbian might do space crime.
Elizabeth: Lost, alone, gay as hell.
Robbie: Queers can be dirtbags, hooray!
What made you want to set a show in space?
Eleanor: We thought underwater was a bit overdone.
Elizabeth: To create an OUT OF THIS WORLD production!
Rosanna: The b*tches.
Robbie: Genuinely we just thought it would allow us lots of fun, creative, silly and bold offers with the story, staging and design. We have so enjoyed the bonkers challenge!
What’s your favourite line from the show?
Elizabeth: There is no one way to be a queer legend!
What do you hope audiences will take away from the show?
Eleanor: A sense of foreboding to never trust an evil lesbian in a shawl again. Also, a sense of pride in being queer in any way you want without any pressure.
Robbie: Mainly I hope audiences leave cheered up, buzzed, all the fun happy giddy stuff that silly queer theatre can give you! It’s such a joy to rehearse and create that I really hope audiences get a bit of that joy too.
What’s next for Airlock?
Eleanor: Probably “Bisexual underwater innocence”!
Robbie: Honestly, there’s a whole world of alternate plays about queers-somewhere-doing-something-wild. We want more raucous, explicitly queer, nuanced chaos, grown collaboratively, made by queers with queers in mind. But we’ve also been working with some incredible playwrights on their new queer plays which are less ridiculous, which we love too. We never want to be held down to one mainstream obvious thing, because that… sounds pretty straight.
See Lesbian Space Crime at Soho Theatre 6th – 22nd December 2022, more details here