15th February 2022 – 26th February 2022
Written by Dominic Montague
Directed by Paula McFetridge
This poignant new political play follows the lives of Bridget, Helen, Martin, Jason, and Tommy – five gay/lesbian people who sought sanctuary and community through CaraFriend – a phoneline and befriending service set up in the 1970’s to support our hidden LGBTQ+ communities’.
Charged with the music of the day, and set amidst a storm of anti-gay headlines, Callings delves deep into the struggle for survival which queer people faced on a daily basis and how even simple acts of connection can change the course of a life.
Callings explores how these bright and resilient individuals found themselves and each other during oppressive times. In an era when the government attempted to quash their right to love, this group’s sheer existence was an act of resistance and joy.
From rallying against the Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign to celebrating the right to exist won through the Dudgeon vs UK trial, Callings looks at the historical challenges faced by LGBTQ+ communities, and celebrates just how far we’ve come.
Funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast CityCouncil and the Garfield Weston Foundation. In association withCarafriend NI &Outcomers.
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|15th – 17th February||Lyric Theatre Belfast||Book Now|
|18th February||Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry~Londonderry||Book Now|
|19th February||The Market Place Theatre, Armagh||Book Now|
|22nd February||The Ardhowen, Enniskillen||Book Now|
|23rd February||Strule Arts Centre, Omagh||Book Now|
|25th February||An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk||Book Now|
|26th February||The Riverside, Coleraine||Book Now|