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Calls, follow the lives of five gay and lesbian people seeking refuge in the 1970s – Armagh I

This heartbreaking new political piece follows the lives of Bridget, Helen, Martin, Jason and Tommy – five gay/lesbian people who sought refuge and community through the CaraFriend Gay Switchboard – a hotline dedicated to supporting our hidden LGBTQ+ community in the 1990s. 1970 .

Loaded with the music of the day and set amidst a storm of anti-gay headlines, Callings dives deep into the struggle for survival that queer people face on a daily basis, and charts the progress of LGBTQ+ rights at a time cornerstone of our history. .

Callings explores how these bright, lively individuals found and reunited during times of oppression. At a time when the government was trying to take away their right to love, the mere existence of this group was an act of resistance and joy.

From rallying against the Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign to celebrating the right to exist won through the Dudgeon vs UK trial, Callings examines the historic challenges faced by LGBTQ+ communities and celebrates how far we’ve come.

Funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and the Garfield Weston Foundation. In association with Carafriend NI and Outcomers.

This event takes place in our Studio Theater with a non-reservation tiered seating arrangement.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

8:00 p.m. | £14.50 | £12.50 [conc]

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