Back from the dead: Writing new pasts with LGBT History Month’s Festival Theatre

Stephen M Hornby, playwright and LGBT History Month’s National Festival Theatre Co-ordinator, blogs about how his pioneering partnership with the festival is bringing LGBT stories back from the dead.

Joey Hateley and Jo Dakin as Harry Stokes and Ada in 'Mister Stokes: The Man-Woman of Manchester'.
Joey Hateley and Jo Dakin as Harry Stokes and Ada in 'Mister Stokes: The Man-Woman of Manchester'.

‘I was on a heritage walk at Manchester Pride 2012, when the tour guide mentioned a raid on an all male fancy dress party in September 1880. The idea that an organised subculture existed in Victorian Manchester to enable men to meet up, dress up and hook up was irresistible. I was hooked,’ he writes.

Read the full article over at the Arts Council blog.

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