The Theatre of Liberation and the Liberation of Theatre
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About the Event
Peter Scott-Presland has been a gay historian, playwright and journalist for 45 years. In addition to working for Capital Gay and other LGBT magazines, he has run Homo Promos Theatre Company for the last thirty years. During lockdown Homo Promos has kept going with three innovative series of Zoom play readings. Many readings have been from A GAY CENTURY, a huge cycle of 17 operas, vignettes of gay life 1900 - 2001, one of the most ambitious music theatre ventures ever conceived. Music is by respected composer and arranger Robert Ely, but the texts of the operas stand up as plays in their own right, as the readings have shown.
Many people run a mile at the mention of opera, but these are designed to be accessible, indeed to be performed anywhere that can accommodate a piano. They cover high tragedy, domestic drama, farce, social comedy and of course queer politics. The first ten [1900-1962] are being published in book form towards the end of February. For the Shrewsbury LGBT Festival, Peter will be introducing the cycle, followed by a Zoom performance of 1900: Two Queens which starts the cycle. Queen Victoria visits Oscar Wilde on his deathbed. These two characters introduce the cycle, because the story of the twentieth century is the conflict between the two, Victorian values vs liberation, repression v permission. But the little play goes beyond sterotypes - they find they have more in common than they thought. It will be followed by a discussion between Peter and veteran GLF activist, artist and writer Andrew Lumsden, around the theme of The Theatre of Liberation and The Liberation of Theatre.
If any attendees are interested in catching the remaining Zoom performances, which take place every Tuesday at 8pm prompt, you can find out more at the Homo Promos website [homopromos.org] or use the following link.
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