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The BBC celebrated the 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK in 2017 with a series of specially commissioned documentaries and made-for-tv movies under the banner of 'Gay Brittania'. One of the highlights was a series of 8 monologues by different actors (including out gay actors Ben Whishaw, Russell Tovey and Alan Cumming) portraying GLBTI (and one straight, but queerish!) experiences from different periods of history.
A young soldier returning from the trenches of the First World War recollects a love that dares not speak its name. Almost one hundred years later, a groom-to-be prepares for his gay wedding. ''queers'' celebrates a century of evolving social attitudes and political milestones in British gay history, as seen through the eyes of eight individuals.
Poignant and personal, funny, tragic and riotous, these eight monologues for male and female performers 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.
Various authors, Curated by Mark Gatiss.
Paperback, 96 Pages, Published November 2017.