A Haunted Existence
Saturday October 19th, 7.30pm
£10 / £8 OAP
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Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable point in the performance
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"He blurs the lines between storyteller, actor and occasional cabaret performer to bring the stories to life with music and performance" - Bristol Live
"Marshman’s imagination is magnetic. Grounded in dancing, DJing, and suggestions of drag, the way Marshman imagines language is enlightening" - Reviews Hub South West
"An admirable endeavour to use theatre as a collaborative and educational tool for historical access" - Phoebe Graham, A Younger Theatre
"One of the most immersive and exciting performances of queer history you’re likely to find" - Bristol 247
"Using storytelling, lip-syncing and projection, Marshman delivers a history lesson on legislation and the invisible lives it destroyed" - Ben Kulvchit, The Stage
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.