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A haunted existence

AT BRISTOL'S TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRE 29/30TH NOVEMBER 2018

"The judge said it was appalling that a town like Taunton should exhibit as many cases of homosexual crime ….The answer was not that the population of Taunton is more debased than other groups of the community, but that once vice got established it spread like a pestilence and unless held in check, threatened to spread indefinitely" - News of the World 1954

 

PHOTO BY PAUL SAMUEL WHITE

In the early 1950s 17-year-old Geoffrey Patrick Williamson was on the Exeter to Bristol train when he got into a conversation with another man, who was also travelling in his train compartment and accused Geoffrey of making 'improper approaches' . The other man was a Railway Officer, in plain clothes. Geoffrey was arrested at the next stop, Taunton. When questioned, Williamson revealed the names of men he had had sex with, beginning a domino effect of arrests, prison, aversion therapy and suicide.

A Haunted Existence highlights the turmoil, stigma and heartbreak of this experience by weaving together history and hearsay to tell the story of Britain’s very recent, shameful past.

“One of the most immersive and exciting performances of queer history you’re likely to find” Bristol 247
On Kings Cross (REMIX)

With original music by Kid Carpet
Written and Performed by Tom Marshman
Produced by Jo Kimber
Film and Projection by Paul Samuel White with support from Leon Trimble
tommarshman.com

A Haunted Existence is a co-production with The Island. Supported by Watershed, Strike a Light, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Performance Space, Coombe Farm Studios, Dartington Hall Trust and funded by Arts Council of England and Heritage Lottery fund with additional support from Bristol Old Vic Literary Department

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 'Marshman’s imagination is magnetic' -Reviews Hub *****

     'As tongue-in-cheek as it is heartbreaking and the result is a one-man show which is quite remarkable.' Bristol Post ****

        'This is a play you cannot and should not ignore.'**** Everyone Theatre

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To mark 50 years since the partial legalisation of homosexuality. we have a number commemorative Pewter Tankards made by Wentworth Pewter. These Limited Edition Tankards were inspired by the stories told in, A Haunted Existence.

 
 
To buy a Tankard for only £25, including postage and packing:
 
Pal pal: tom@tommarshman.com
Send the address you'd like you're Tankard posted to: producer@tommarshman.com
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