Birmingham LGBT, delves into Birmingham’s hidden gay past, with a new DVD of the sell out Gay Birmingham Back to Back shows. Join Women & Theatre as they present performances within the National Trust Back to Back Housing on Hurst Street.
Birmingham LGBTs, David Viney comments, “It is vitally important that LGBT people take their place in Birmingham’s history. This DVD gives everyone the opportunity to see these innovative performances that took place during last year’s SHOUT Festival.”
Following on from a period of research, this exciting collaboration uncovers the lost histories of Birmingham’s queer people from the 1850s – 1970s. Meet Charles, a manual labourer from the 1840s committed to All Saints Asylum for ‘committing unnatural acts’. Meet Fred ‘Freda’ Barnes a Saltley-born butchers boy turned Music Hall Megastar of the 1920s; flamboyant, disgraced and forgotten. In the 1940s meet Annette, wife and mother, as she looks back on meeting the love of her life in wartime inner city Birmingham. And finally 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?