Actor Kyle Soller has argued that not enough LGBT+ works are represented in mainstream theatre, urging the industry to “push and shove these stories into the centre spotlight”.
Soller was speaking at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, where he won the best actor category for his role in The Inheritance, which tells the story of gay men in New York a generation after the Aids crisis.
“There are waves being made [in terms of representation for the LGBT+ community in theatre], but a sea change is not anywhere near where it needs to be,” Soller told The Stage.
“I think the more voices and the more writers that come forward and put on things like The Inheritance, the better. There are not enough [LGBTQ stories being told] in mainstream theatre.”
Soller argued that young people from the LGBT+ community need to be able to see their stories told.
“When you feel represented and see a piece of art or a film or some theatre or read a novel, and it’s being embraced by the public, that is unbelievably empowering and further change can then be made,” he added.
“The only way to inspire the younger people is to push and shove these stories into the centre spotlight, because they are there and they are amazing, they’re just not being told.”