Diaspora: A Staged Reading

7pm on June 25th, 2019 at the Queer Arts Festival

The Frank Theatre presents a reading of Diaspora: an interdisciplinary, devised performance created by queer refugees and immigrants.

This collaboration between the Frank’s Artistic Director, Fay Nass, and an ensemble of immigrant artists and community members explores the challenges and freedoms that come with living in exile. Through text, video and physical theatre, it asks audiences to look beyond the Western perception of LGBTQ+ identity, towards diverse notions of gender and sexuality. The personal stories in Diaspora reveal how language and culture shape queerness, and how many queer newcomers leave their country in search of community, only to be excluded from Western queer subcultures. Artistically innovative and emotionally authentic, Diaspora will move audiences and incite cultural exchange.

Director/Curator: Fay Nass

Produced by The Frank Theatre Company, at the Queer Arts Festival

Showtime: 7pm on June 25th, 2019

Location: The Roundhouse Community Arts Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews


The Queer Arts Festival takes place on the traditional, unceded territory of the Coast Salish people, in particular the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh). We recognize their sovereignty, as there are no treaties on these lands, and we are dedicated to building a new relationship in solidarity based on respect and consent.

NOTE: Entry to all QAF events requires membership to the Pride in Art Society. Memberships are available for $3 online or $5 / $2 concession at the door (or included in passes). Please allow a few extra minutes at your first event to obtain your new card.

Access & Accessibility:

ASL interpretation will be provided.

Please avoid using scented products when you QAF: our scent-sensitive staff and supporters thank you! The Roundhouse as a whole unfortunately does not yet have a scent-reduced policy.
The Roundhouse is a fully wheelchair accessible venue. Thanks to the Radical Access Mapping Project for their full accessibility audit of the Roundhouse: to view, click HERE:

The Roundhouse is an open-concept space, offering barrier-free access to all areas of the centre. There are three wheelchair accessible washrooms. The main floor washroom is single-stall, gender neutral, and spacious. The two upstairs are contained in gendered washrooms are smaller, but still can accommodate someone using a large motorized scooter.

To get to the Roundhouse:

Walking: From Granville Street, head east five blocks down Davie.
Skytrain: The Yaletown – Roundhouse Canada Line Station is 200 metres from us.
Bus: Buses C21 & C23 stop within feet of the Roundhouse.
Driving: Underground pay parking is available, access off Drake (south of Pacific Blvd).