Art usually represents social progress before other mediums, and theater has certainly done that for the LGBTQ community recently with its history-making Rotterdam play. This is the first Olivier-winning play that has a transgender person as a protagonist.
This is a British play, and it tells the story of members of the LGBTQ community and their path towards love. The play debuted in New York, and it was successful.
It is no secret that plays and other art forms have tackled issues of sexuality and identity, but this new play tackles these subjects through the eyes of members of the LGBTQ community. The playwright, Jon Brittain, has been slowly weaving in characters from this community throughout his plays but did not write a story centered around this issue until recently.
Brittain said that it started because many friends came out to him as transgender, and this propelled him to tell this story. He knew there was a problem in the theater and that members of this community were not represented properly. He was careful to write a story that was honest and respectful to the community.
The play premiered in London in 2015, and it was almost universally accepted as one of the best pieces of work at the time. Of course, Brittain believes that this is only the beginning. Everyone is starting to notice that more and more people are letting go of their prejudice against members of the LGBTQ community.
Now, this does not mean that Brittain believes that the fight is over as there are still many hurdles to pass, but progress is being made, and this play is just one small example, which should hopefully give many people hope.
Brittain was surprised that his play won the Olivier, but the award was just the icing on top of the cake. The truth is that he just wanted his play to spark a conversation regarding the LGBTQ community, which is all that matters to him.
Still, there is no doubt that he was honored his play received the Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre Olivier award, which has only made the play more coveted. This does not only mean success. It also means more exposure, which should propel the conversation further.