26 August 2023

‘Section 28 and Me’ Tea Party

Bristol based artist Tom Marshman is gathering communities to explore the impact of Section 28 legislation introduced by Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government. In partnership with M Shed and others, Tom will host a series of tea parties to discuss the impact of Section 28 on the queer community.

Tom wonders if growing up within the decade in which queer life was silenced has made him a bit of a show off, compelled to share queer or LGBTQI+ stories? He has observed many other peoples’ strong reactions to this legislation. Emotions are running high, particularly at this dangerous moment. A repeat of similar legislation seems possible, returning to the silencing of queerness in this country.

The tea parties are a place for communities to meet and share their stories over tea and biscuits. You could have lived through this time or be curious to know more. Everyone is welcome.

Tom will perform short performances connected to the topic to provoke conversation, providing starting points for discussion with his own cabaret flair.

There will be an opportunity to view Anti-Section 28 protest badges on display in the Challenging section of the museum’s People Gallery.

Research findings

These tea parties are research for a new show, supported by Unlimited & Bristol Ideas and part of Bristol 650.

With permission, participants’ responses will feed into this new work, as an important and valuable part of the process. A work in progress of the work will be presented in November at The Wardrobe Theatre.

BSL interpretation

BSL interpretation will be made available for this event, if required. Please indicate with the tick box if you require this when giving your details whilst booking your ticket.

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