A Haunted Existence


Weaves together history and hearsay to highlight turmoil, stigma and heartbreak and tell the story of Britain's very recent, shameful past when sex between consenting male adults was illegal.
A Haunted Existence at Camden People's Theatre

Image credit (c) Tom Marshman


Overview


Genre: Gay
Venue: Battersea Arts Centre
Started: Thursday 7 November 2019
Closed: Saturday 9 November 2019
Running time:1 hr 14 mins
Age suitability: 15+

Background


Note: there are moments of loud music throughout. 

Synopsis


In the early 1950s, 17-year-old Geoffrey Patrick Williamson was on the Exeter to Bristol train when he got into a conversation with another man, also travelling in his train compartment, who accused Geoffrey of making 'improper approaches'.


The other man was a Railway Officer in plain clothes.


Geoffrey was arrested at the next stop, Taunton.


When questioned, Williamson revealed the names of men he had had sex with, so beginning a domino effect of arrests, prison sentences, aversion therapy and suicide.


A Haunted Existence weaves together history and hearsay to highlight turmoil, stigma and heartbreak and tell the story of Britain's very recent, shameful past. 


The show deals specifically with the persecution of gay men in the 1950s when sex between consenting male adults was illegal.


Referencing a true story that resulted in overdose and suicide, imprisonment, aversion therapy, the details of which may be traumatic for some.


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Theatre


Name:


Postal address:
Lavender Hill
Battersea
London SW11 5TN

Box office tel: 020 7223 2223

Box office email: Send Mail

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Dates


Previews from:Thursday 7 November 2019

Closes:Saturday 9 November 2019

Performance days & times


Evening:

Thursday ‑ 8‑00pm

Friday ‑ 8‑00pm

Saturday ‑ 8‑00pm


Matinee:
-

Tickets


Standard:
£12.50

Concessions:
£10

Cast


Tom Marshman

Creatives


Author: Tom Marshman
Composer: Kid Carpet (original music)
Projections: Paul Samuel White with support from Leon Trimble
Production: Jo Kimber

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