Katy Owen’s new play Come In,
The story unfolds as lockdown forces Jo to return home – back to the four walls of their old teenage bedroom. Inside this space they are free from any need to self-edit, and through the stories of others in
These stories are all the more powerful for being true. Owen used exhibition materials and interviewed friends, resulting in the strong sense that you really are hearing the voices of queer
Without giving the whole thing away, it’s safe to say you will walk through
The play ends by putting it to us, the audience, that queer spaces - and the queering of spaces – is not something to take for granted or leave unquestioned. It left me wanting to make sure other stories are documented, and thinking about the ways people interact with this city. Owen’s real triumph, in a way, is taking the inspiration she found in the original Queering Spires exhibition and turning it into a project with continuing creative momentum. Spaces are powerful – and this show understands that.