A HAUNTED EXISTENCE TOUR
Tom Marshman blends creative technology, music and projection as he retraces the forgotten true story of a young local man arrested for gross indecency.
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, also travelling in his train compartment, who 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, so beginning a domino effect of arrests, prison sentences, aversion therapy and suicide.
A Haunted Existence weaves together history and hearsay to highlight turmoil, stigma and heartbreak and tell the story of Britain’s very recent, shameful past.
4th July, Key Theatre, Peterborough
A KEEPSAKE FROM A HAUNTED EXISTENCE
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 packaging:
Pal pal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send the address you'd like you're Tankard posted to: email@example.com
KINGS CROSS (REMIX)
Kings Cross (REMIX) uncovers the hidden histories of LGBTQ communities in London during the 1980s. Tom Marshman uncovers those histories through memories of the Kings Cross area; an area that has undergone radical change since its day as a hub of LGBTQ communities, bars and culture.
Woven together from the stories of people who experienced it first hand, Tom’s show celebrates a raucous, riotous time in the life of central London where sexuality was for exploring, HIV was causing tragedy, and rights were to be fought for.
Commissioned by and developed with the support of Camden People’s Theatre.