LGBT+ History Month: Queer Stories at the Oscar Wilde Temple

By on February 11, 2019

This LGBT History Month join us for an incredible afternoon of performance at the very special Oscar Wilde Temple. The event will feature two unique performances bringing to life LGBTQ figures from the past.

We begin with a show called An Extraordinary Female Affection – The Life and Love of the Ladies of Llangollen. In 1778 two upper class Irish women, Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler, eloped from Ireland and soon became known as the Ladies of Llangollen, famous for their ‘romantic friendship’. These two women built a home at Plas Newydd in Llangollen and, despite their desire only for a peaceful and untroubled existence became, by the early years of the 19th century, something of a tourist attraction for the little north Wales town. This show, with Helen and Sandler and Jane Hoy from Living Histories Cymru, brings it all to life! The show will be followed by a Q&A.

The second part of the afternoon is choreographer Mark Smith’s Hut 8, a dance exploration of Alan Turing’s life and loves. It is hoped that Mark will bring along dancers Gavin Eden and Joseph Fletcher and show audiences how he has incorporated Alan Turing’s poetry into movement and sign language.

There will be teas and coffees available on the afternoon, there is a suggested donation of £5 on the door.

About the presenters

Jane Hoy is involved in community theatre and is a latin and ballroom dancer; Helen Sandler is a writer and event manager and runs Tollington Press. They live in Mid Wales where they are two of the organisers of Aberration, the LGBTQ arts night in Aberystwyth:

Mark Smith trained at Royal Ballet School and London Studio Centre. “Mark Smith’s choreography is nothing short of incredible” Andrew Tomli. His choreography credits include Paralympic Opening Ceremony – London 2012. “Smith’s work isn’t just delightful – it is bold and interesting” – The London Magazine “ His professional work includes Blood Wedding (Dundee Rep), Marry Me A Little, Peter Pan, Just So and Starting Here, Starting Now (Chichester University), As You Like It (Oxford Shakespeare Company).

LGBT+ History Month: Queer Stories at the Oscar Wilde Temple will be held at Studio Voltaire Sunday 17th February 2019.

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