Callings

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Written by Dominic Montague

Directed by Paula McFetridge

This poignant new political play follows the lives of Bridget, Helen, Martin, Jason, and Tommy - five gay/lesbian people who sought sanctuary and community through CaraFriend - a phoneline and befriending service set up in the 1970's to support our hidden LGBTQ+ communities'. Charged with the music of the day, and set amidst a storm of anti-gay headlines,Callingsdelves deep into the struggle for survival which queer people faced on a daily basis and how even simple acts of connection can change the course of a life.Callingsexplores how these bright and resilient individuals found themselves and each other during oppressive times. In an era when the government attempted to quash their right to love, this group’s sheer existence was an act of resistance and joy.From rallying against the Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign to celebrating the right to exist won through the Dudgeon vs UK trial,Callingslooks at the historical challenges faced by LGBTQ+ communities, and celebrates just how far we’ve come.

AGE GUIDENCE OF 14yrs+

Funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and the Garfield Weston Foundation. In association with Carafriend NI & Outcomers.

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