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Queer Editorial

hauntedexp19.jpg The ghosts of LGBTQ+ past

A new play highlighting the persecution of gay men in 20th century Britain is coming to Alphabetti Theatre in November.

Tom Marshman’s new play ‘A Haunted Existence’ was inspired by the real-life story of 17-year-old Geoffrey Patrick Williamson. In 1954, Geoffrey propositioned a plain-clothes railway policeman on a train from Exeter to Bristol. He was subsequently arrested and his questioning led to 15 gay men being arrested and charged with gross indecency. Astonished by the story, Marshman was moved to write this play which brings together storytelling, animated history, cabaret and lip-syncing to the stage with bravura effect. And as part of the performances at Alphabetti Theatre he has been researching the LGBTQ+ history of Newcastle, with the view to incorporating some local stories into the performances. Marshman: “I am so excited to bring ‘A Haunted Experience’ to audiences in Newcastle. We have experienced great success from our performances across the country and I feel that the play’s subject matter has resonated with audiences deeply. I would love to see LGBTQ+ people and their allies at Alphabetti Theatre this November.”

A Haunted Existence, Tuesday 26-Saturday 30 November, Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £8/£6. alphabettitheatre.co.uk