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Queers - Eight Monologues

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Mark Gatiss et al

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Queers celebrates a century of evolving social attitudes and political milestones in British gay history, as seen through the eyes of eight individuals

Curated by Mark Gatiss, the Monologues for both male and female performers were commissioned to mark the anniversary of the UK's 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men over the age of twenty-one

They were staged at The Old Vic and were broadcast on BBC Four in 2017, directed and produced by Gatiss, and starring Alan Cumming, Rebecca Front, Ian Gelder, Kadiff Kirwan, Russell Tovey, Gemma Whelan, Ben Whishaw and Fionn Whitehead

Poignant and personal, funny, tragic and riotous, they cover major events such as the Wolfenden Report of 1957, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the debate over the age of consent through deeply affecting and personal rites-of-passage stories

The Collection spans almost one hundred years

From a young soldier returning from the trenches of the First World War recollecting a love that dare not speak its name

To a groom-to-be preparing for his gay wedding

The Monologues are ...

The Man on the Platform ~ Mark Gatiss

The Perfect Gentleman ~ Jackie Clune

Safest Spot in Town ~ Keith Jarrett

Missing Alice ~ Jon Bradfield

I Miss the War ~ Matthew Baldwin

More Anger ~ Brian Fillis

A Grand Day Out ~ Michael Dennis

Something Borrowed ~ Gareth McLean

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