7 - 9 Nov

A HAUNTED EXISTENCE

Tom Marshman

8pm
Price: £12.50, £10 concs

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In the early 1950s, 17-year-old Geoffrey Patrick Williamson was on the Exeter-to-Bristol train when he got into a conversation with another man - also travelling in his train compartment - who accused Geoffrey of making ‘improper approaches’. The other man was a Railway Officer in plain clothes. Geoffrey was arrested at the next stop.

When questioned, Williamson revealed the names of men he had had sex with, so beginning a domino effect of arrests, prison sentences, aversion therapy and suicide.

A Haunted Existence weaves together history and hearsay to highlight turmoil, stigma and heartbreak and tell the story of Britain’s very recent, shameful past.

Tom Marshman blends creative technology, music and projection as he retraces a forgotten true story.

Running Time: 60 mins
Age Recommendation: 15+

 

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Relaxed Performances
All performances will be Relaxed. At Battersea Arts Centre, this means that you are free to move about, make noise and come and go during the show. Latecomers will be permitted – this might be at specific points in the performance agreed with the artists. It does not mean that light and sound effects have been changed. For more info, visit our Access Page.

Step-Free Access
This event takes place on the first floor of our building, which can be reached via a lift. There is step-free access to Scratch Bar and ground floor public spaces. There are accessible toilet facilities across the building.

Pre-show information
The show deals specifically with the persecution of gay men in the 1950s when sex between consenting male adults was illegal. Referencing a true story that resulted in overdose and suicide, imprisonment, aversion therapy, the details of which may be traumatic for some. There are moments of loud music throughout.

Further Information
Please visit our Access Page for more information.

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