Set in the 1970s and 1980s, 25/The Decriminalisation Monologues by Sean Denyer tells the stories of ordinary gay people who showed the courage and bravery until homosexuality was finally decriminalised in Ireland in June 1993.
The thousands of gay people imprisoned, taunted and brutalised by the state finally received an apology by Leo Varadker, Ireland’s Prime Minister, and an out gay man himself, on the 25th anniversary of this event.
Two stories are being told 27-29 July at the King's Arms in Salford, drawn from discussions with older gay people in Ireland. Stories that will shock today’s generation. Stories that show how we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us.
Moira, an ambitious young civil servant in 1970s Dublin, is forced to confront being blackmailed at work for who she is. Does she just submit to it, or fight back and risk everything that she’s worked for?
Mark moves, very reluctantly, from London to rural Ireland to live with his Irish boyfriend where they start up a gay friendly guesthouse and is surprised when it becomes a big success.
But it’s the 1980s, gay men are dropping like flies, and when tragedy strikes he is forced to confront a family that would prefer that he didn’t exist.