Callings

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This gut-wrenching new political play follows the lives of Bridget, Helen, Martin, Jason, and Tommy - five gay/lesbian people who sought sanctuary and community through the CaraFriend Gay Switchboard – a phoneline dedicated to supporting our hidden LGBTQ+ community in the 1970s.

Charged with the music of the day, and set amidst a storm of anti-gay headlines, Callings dives deep into the struggle for survival which queer people faced on a daily basis, and charts the progress of LGBTQ+ rights at a pivotal moment in our history.

Callings explores how these bright and lively individuals found themselves and each other during oppressive times. In an era when the government attempted to quash their right to love, this group’s sheer existence 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 looks at the historical challenges faced by LGBTQ+ communities, and celebrates just 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 & Outcomers.

Suitable for 14yrs+

Please note:

With the change to the legal requirement to socially distance in theatres, the Ardhowen Theatre is now required to take additional measures to ensure the safety of our customers and staff. For admission to this performance, along with photographic ID, we will also request that audience members demonstrate proof of their Covid status by providing us with ONE of the following means of verification:

· Proof of full vaccination,

Covid Passport,

· Proof of a negative 'Lateral Flow Test, or

· Email or text proof of Positive PCR in previous 30 - 180 days.

· All tickets must be booked in advance, contact details of all attendees over 16 years of age must be submitted at the time of booking and masks should be worn at all times, unless exempt.

If you have any questions please contact the theatre at ardhowen@fermanaghomagh.com or telephone 028 6632 5440

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