Written by Tom Marshman Tom Marshman
n 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.
Join us before the performance from 18:45 to explore the old police cells at The Island with installations (curated by Tom and historian Jeanie Sinclair through workshops with young people) that respond to the themes of the show and wider LGBTQ history. The performance will then begin at 19:45.
Post show discussion Saturday 15th and Thursday 20th. Thursday 20th Performance will also have BSL Interpretation.