In the Arts Council announced the suspension of their programme grants. As separate companies both went on to produce critically acclaimed plays. But there was a nagging doubt; perhaps these people were having a better time than I was; perhaps my weekend gay status was incompatible with the hard-working a-sexual, professional actor image I presented during the rest of the week. The festival scheduled for the 10th anniversary of the company provided them with an opportunity to respond to the new challenges and serve as a platform for a wide range of work including; Gay teachers, problems facing young gays and lesbians, lesbian custody, experiences and black lesbians and the issue of AIDS. The stigma associated with homosexuality meant actors worried about the impact accepting gay roles may have on their career. But it was just a beginning for Gay Sweatshop. Acquisition Information The collection was deposited with Royal Holloway, University of London, in November after approaches were made to the company.
Acquisition Information The collection was deposited with Royal Holloway, University of London, in November after approaches were made to the company.
Simon Callow: in praise of Gay Sweatshop
Not enough gay people knew these things of themselves. By the s the Gay movement had become somewhat apathetic. Order by newest oldest recommendations. In Stella Duffy's play "The Hand" was performed. There was also a feeling of pessimism about the future due to the growing paranoia about AIDS.
They began planning a 10th anniversary festival for The women produced "Care and Control", a piece focusing on child custody. However, an Arts Council grant allowed them to put together "Mister X", jointly written by the group. Let groin speak unto groin was all the law. Inter-Action, a co-operative community arts resource centre, staged a popular Women's season at the Almost Free theatre in and, inspired by their success, advertised for gay actors to take part in a gay theatre season planned for autumn Gay Sweatshop was revived in as a mixed company rather than the two artistically separate companies that had existed since Being gay — gay, not queer, not homo, not poof nor pansy, faggot nor fairy — was now a cause, a crusade; we were a separate and self-sufficient subdivision of human kind, our lives centrally predicated on desire.