JT PRODUCTIONS is returning to Winchester with its production of a series of LGBT monologues curated by Mark Gatiss.

Queers will play at the Chesil Theatre for a limited run of three performances from Friday, July 28 to Saturday, July 29.

A young soldier returning from the trenches of the First World War recollects a love that dare not speak its name. Almost 100 years later, a groom-to-be prepares for his wedding to his husband. Queers celebrates a century of evolving social attitudes and political milestones in British gay history, as seen through the eyes of six individuals.

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Ranging from poignant and personal to funny, tragic and riotous, the six monologues cover major events such as the Wolfenden Report of 1957, the AIDS crisis, and the debate over the age of consent, through rites-of-passage stories.

Curated by Mark Gatiss, the monologues were originally commissioned to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men over the age of 21.

Tom Humphries, who is both co-directing the show and playing the role of Phil, said: “Throughout history, queer voices have been kept quiet. Queers celebrates all of these voices. Whilst we have come so far as a society we have so far to go which is why the production feels even more relevant today. Especially as trans and non-binary people are facing just as much of a challenge as the lesbian, gay and bisexual community did throughout history.

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“I hope as many people as possible are able to come to the show so they can see what a journey we have all been on. A journey of more love and more acceptance.”

Co-director and producer Jess Pickford added: “Queers is a hugely important and poignant piece of theatre. I am proud to be working on such an incredible project with a talented cast and crew. Each member of the team has dedicated themselves to further understanding the significance of this production and bringing it to life in a wonderfully special way. These characters represent a variety of lived experiences and it has been an honour to be a small part in sharing these stories.”

Tickets for Queers are currently available to purchase from ticketsource.co.uk/jt-productions.