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  • Gay Birmingham: Back to Back

    Delve into Birmingham’s hidden gay past

    17-19th & 22-26th November

    Women & Theatre present live performances within the National Trust Back to Back Housing on Hurst Street. Gay Birmingham, Back to Back uncovers the lost histories of Birmingham’s queer people from the 1850s – 1970s.

    1840s: Meet Charles, a manual labourer, Birmingham born and bred, who spent most of his life in institutions, ending up in All Saints Asylum for ‘committing unnatural acts’.

    1920s: Meet Fred ‘Freda’ Barnes: Saltley-born butchers boy turned Music Hall Megastar; flamboyant, disgraced and forgotten.

    1940s: Meet Annette, wife and mother, as she looks back on meeting the love of her life in wartime inner city Birmingham. The memory lingers on…

     1970s: Meet Leila, a young woman from 2011 searching to find evidence of Someone Like Her in the 1970’s. What can she piece together from the snippets she finds in the old tailors shop?

    Each performance lasts approximately 1 hour, and please note that the audience will be moving around and standing for the duration.

    various show times – pre booking essential

    Phone 0844 249 1895 or book online at the National Trust

    presented as part of SHOUT Festival 2011 www.shoutfestival.co.uk

    Supported by the



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