Looking back at 60 years of LGBT history is a new show from performance artist David Hoyle titled ‘Diamond’, that will have a short run at HOME in early June. David, who has been at the heart of the Manchester gay scene for decades, will weave together intimate personal stories and key moments from his event-filled life. The show charts his adolescence in Blackpool, through to his days as an “anti-drag queen”, to his appearance on the cult TV show ‘Nathan Barley’. He also revisits historic events such as the 1957 Wolfenden Report, which recommended the decriminalisation of homosexuality; and Margaret Thatcher’s Clause 28, which prohibited local authorities from ‘promoting’ homosexuality. ‘Diamond’ also looks at the lives of prominent gay figures such as Alan Turing, and more recent political activists. Throughout the performance, you will find moments of reflection about British attitudes, counter cultures, and the ongoing struggle for equality.

Mon 11 – Wed 13 Jun, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN, Tel: 0161 200 1500, 7.45pm, £12.50/£10.50, www.homemcr.org

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Mon 11 Jun - Wed 13 Jun
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Thu 7 Jun 2018