These eight monologues can be licensed for performance together as a full-length show, individually, or in any combination.
A young soldier returning from the trenches of the First World War recollects a love that dare not speak its name. Almost one hundred years later, a groom-to-be prepares for his gay wedding.Queers
celebrates a century of evolving social attitudes and political milestones in British gay history, as seen through the eyes of eight individuals.
Poignant and personal, funny, tragic and riotous, these eight monologues for male and female performers cover major events – such as the Wolfenden Report of 1957, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the debate over the age of consent – through deeply affecting and personal rites-of-passage stories.
Curated by Mark Gatiss, the monologues were commissioned to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men over the age of twenty-one. They were broadcast on BBC Four in 2017, directed and produced by Gatiss, and starring Alan Cumming, Rebecca Front, Ian Gelder, Kadiff Kirwan, Russell Tovey, Gemma Whelan, Ben Whishaw and Fionn Whitehead. They were also staged at The Old Vic in London.
This volume includes:
The Man on the Platform
by Mark GatissThe Perfect Gentleman
by Jackie CluneSafest Spot in Town
by Keith JarrettMissing Alice
by Jon BradfieldI Miss the War
by Matthew BaldwinMore Anger
by Brian FillisA Grand Day Out
by Michael DennisSomething Borrowed
by Gareth McLean
"Sits triumphantly in the tradition of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads: funny, poignant and closely observed." The Times
"An unbeatable series of monologues – funny, filthy, mournful, celebratory, predatory, bathetic, heroic – of the travails and, yes, fun had in the days before this particular love could speak its name." The Guardian