OUTing the Past 2018 Festival Programme: Manchester

In preparation for the National Festival, the OUTing the Past 2018 Festival Partners have set their official programmes, now ready to be shared with the public! Without further ado, Manchester.   Stephen Hornby (17:00-17:30) ‘Playing with The Past: Quick History Festival Theatre‘ This is a presentation on LGBT HM’s Festival Theatre to date.  It covers the process of creating the first …

Introducing the OUTing the Past 2018 Festival Hub Partner: Manchester

To better acquaint the public with the organisations participating in OUTing the Past 2018, Festival Hub partners have been generously offering insight to their backgrounds and histories. We are most pleased to be share with you the below blurb regarding the Manchester Hub.   People’s History Museum (PHM) is a national museum, based in Manchester – the radical city where it belongs. …

Writing Festival Theatre: “Mister Stokes: The Man-Woman of Manchester”

Abi Hynes looks back on writing her festival theatre play for 2016 “Mister Stokes: The Man-Woman of Manchester” I realised pretty early on that writing a play about Harry Stokes was going to involve summoning his ghost. It was one of those ‘click’ moments – it’s like looking at the picture on the box of a 1,000 piece jigsaw, and …

Writing Festival Theatre: “A Very Victorian Scandal: The Press”

Stephen M Hornby looks back on writing “A Very Victorian Scandal: The Press”, the second in a trilogy of plays dramatising the Police raid on an all-male drag ball in Manchester in 1880. There were several elements to the puzzle: an ambitious man who wanted to become Chief Constable, an unprecedented press frenzy that spread across the world and a …

Writing Festival Theatre: “A Very Victorian Scandal: The Trial”

Ric Brady looks back on writing “The Trial”, part of a trilogy of plays that formed the first programme of Festival Theatre in 2015. ‘The Trial’ was the final piece in ‘A Very Victorian Scandal’: three theatrical pieces that were performed over the first National Festival of LGBT History in 2015.  ‘The Trial’ was a retelling of the Hulme Fancy …

Festival Theatre 2017 – “The Burnley Buggers’ Ball” & “Burnley’s Lesbian Liberator”

This post by Stephen M Hornby, our National Theatre Coordinator, continues our catalogue of Festival Theatre. 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 2017, which partially decriminalised male homosexuality in England and Wales.  In 2007, the 40th anniversary saw two dramatisations to mark the ocassion, one about the Wolfenden Committee, and one about the Monatgu case.  Consenting …

Festival Theatre 2016 “Mister Stokes: The Man-Woman of Manchester”

This post by National Theatre Coordinator Stephen M Hornby continues our catalogue of Festival Theatre. “A Very Victorian Scandal”, the first piece of Festival Theatre in 2015, had been so succsseful that it invited further dramatisations of hidden histories.  However, some important lessons had also been learnt.  “A Very Victorian Scandal” was essentially three one act plays, all of which …

Festival Theatre 2015: “A Very Victorian Scandal”

Stephen M Hornby, our National Festival Theatre Coordinator, continues his cataloguing of Festival Theatre with a look at the first example, “A Very Victorian Scandal”. “A Very Victorian Scandal”  (“AVVS”) was based on the events surrounding the largest raid on an LGBT venue in UK history.  It has been christened “The UK’s Stoneweall”, and yet it happened nearly ninety years …