‘Section 28 and Me’ Tea Party

Bristol based artist Tom Marshman is gathering communities to explore the impact of Section 28 legislation introduced by Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government. In partnership with Barbican Theatre, Tom is hosting a series of tea parties to discuss the impact of Section 28 on the queer community. 

Tom Marshman, has been collecting stories across the UK. Personally he wonders if growing up within the decade in which queer life was silenced has made him a bit of a show off, compelled to share queer or LGBTQI+ stories? He has observed many other peoples strong reactions to this legislation. Emotions are running high, particularly at this dangerous moment when a repeat of similar legislation is possible, returning to the silencing of queerness in this country. 

The tea parties are a place for communities to meet and share their stories over tea and cake. You could have lived through this time or be curious to know more, everyone is welcome. There will be short performances connected to the topic to provoke conversation, providing starting points for discussion with a cabaret flair.

Venue Info 
Barbican Theatre
Castle Street
The Barbican
Situated behind the Mayflower Visitor Centre just off the main Barbican road (opposite the 'Prawn' and Mayflower Steps)
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