Queers - Eight Modern Monologues (NHB Modern Plays) Book
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As seen on the BBC.
A young soldier returning from the trenches of the First World War recollects a love that dares not speak its name. Almost one hundred years later, a groom-to-be prepares for his gay wedding.
Queers celebrates a century of evolving social attitudes and political milestones in British gay history, as seen through the eyes of eight individuals.
Poignant and personal, funny, tragic and riotous, these eight monologues for male and female performers cover major events such as the Wolfenden Report of 1957, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the debate over the age of consent through deeply affecting and personal rites-of-passage stories.
Curated by Mark Gatiss, the monologues were commissioned to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men over the age of twenty-one.
They were broadcast on BBC Four in 2017, directed and produced by Gatiss, and starring Alan Cumming, Rebecca Front, Ian Gelder, Kadiff Kirwan, Russell Tovey, Gemma Whelan, Ben Whishaw and Fionn Whitehead.
They were also staged at The Old Vic in London.
This volume includes:
- The Man on the Platform by Mark Gatiss
- The Perfect Gentleman by Jackie Clune
- Safest Spot in Town by Keith Jarrett
- Missing Alice by Jon Bradfield
- I Miss the War by Matthew Baldwin
- More Anger by Brian Fillis
- A Grand Day Out by Michael Dennis.
"Sometimes you need a cast of thousands and a budget of millions, sometimes just an actor in a room. Masterpieces come on many scales. Queers sits triumphantly in the tradition of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads: funny, poignant and closely observed... a superb reminder of what actors can do when given scripts that allow speeches longer than sixty seconds."
"Beautifully crafted... poignant and very funny stories of hope and survival... [They] make us laugh out loud but catch us unaware with their passion and anger... Queers highlights the difficulties facing gay men and women before decriminalisation 50 years ago but, instead of giving us sad tales of suffering, they are more of a celebration of how people found happiness in spite of the bigotry they faced."