Programme Length: 15 mins x8
Broadcaster: BBC 4
Broadcast Date: TBC
Eight new and established writers respond to the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act in Queers, a series of monologues curated by Mark Gatiss.
Focussing chiefly on the gay male experience, the monologues begin in 1917 with ‘The Man on the Platform’ – the story of a soldier returning from the trenches of the First World War and reflecting on both his attraction to another man and a very particular childhood memory. Other stories include Jackie Clune’s ‘A Perfect Gentleman’ in which we meet Bobby, a dandy with a very unexpected secret and Brian Fillis’ More Anger’ which examines the journey of a young gay actor in the 1980s.
Taking in 1957’s Wolfenden Report, the HIV crisis and the 1967 Sexual Offences Act itself, these 15 minute monologues will mark and celebrate some of the most poignant, funny, entertaining, tragic and riotous moments before and after the ’67 Act and the very personal rites-of-passage of British gay men through the last 100 years.
Queers is being produced in partnership with The Old Vic who will stage all eight of the monologues in July, in the run up to the television transmission.