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Queer Spaces: 2004

York Theatre Royal

Stephen Joseph Theatre

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Happy Meal

Available to Tour


"Wise, tender and joyous" Fest Mag

Winner: Fringe First Award 2022

We're Roots

Roots is Yorkshire's queer touring theatre company, staging ambitious collaborations between citizens and LGBTQIA+ artists.

Our work includes UK and international tours of the Fringe First Award-winning hit Happy MealQueer Spaces and Theatre Queers.

We're Roots
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Theatre Queers

A showcase of new queer writing talents

Take Part
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Take Part

We partner with queer communities of citizens, artists, 

charities and places to create unique theatrical projects.

Roots is a registered charity committed to celebrating the creativity of queer people in Yorkshire and beyond. Our projects develop the talents of everybody; from emerging artists and life-long theatre-goers, to people who have never before participated in the exciting life of their local theatre. Our legacy lives on long after a tour through our networks of participants, artists, venues and charity partners. 

Are you interested in taking part? Join our newsletter to be the first to hear when a Roots project is coming to your local area.

Our Work

Since 2019, we've worked with hundreds of queer artists to start creative careers and develop their practise. Here's some of their brilliant work.


Our Friends

Please consider making a donation to our charitable work. It's easy and safe via our PalPal page.

Thank you: Matthew Ashwood, Martin Bowley KC, Francesca Clark, James Drake, Liz Vogler


Contact Us

Roots Offices:

4-6 Bridge Street, Tadcaster,

North Yorkshire, LS24 9AL

Roots Venue Partner:

York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Place, York, YO1 7HD

Roots People

Roots People

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Steven Atkinson
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He/him | Producer

Steven founded Roots and  leads the company. He previously co-founded the new writing company HighTide.

Amber Rennison

She/her | Community Co-Ordinator

Amber recruits and supports the LGBTQIA+ communities and audiences that we work with, and helps to produce our events. 

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Francesca Clark

She/her | Trustee

Francesca is an independent producer working in new writing and queer cabaret.

James Drake

He/him | Trustee

James is a consultant for EY and focuses on operations, accounting and risk management.

Lel Meleyal

She/her | Trustee

Lel is a retired ex-academic, now writer of stories, novels and scripts. She lives in Scarborough.

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Emma Martin
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She/her | Marketing

Emma is a freelance marketeer working with clients producing theatre across the UK.

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Priya Roy

She/her | Trustee

Priya is a publicity director at Vintage (Penguin Random House). Previously she worked  in publicity at the Young Vic.

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Shivaike Shah
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He/him | Trustee 

Shiv is the founder of Khameleon Productions, and also works in production at Netflix.

Lizzie Vogler

She/her | Trustee

Lizzie chairs Roots and is an independent producer and consultant. Previously she has worked for ETT and Futures Theatre.

Our Partners

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Backstage Trust
York Theatre Royal


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