In the 1970s, Burnley was one of the UK’s battleground for LGBTQ+ rights, with a ground-breaking employment battle being fought there in 1978. That battle is dramatised in the acclaimed play Burnley Lesbian Liberator by Abi Hynes. First staged in 2017 to five star reviews, the play is returning for one night only as a rehearsed reading with the original cast as part of Queer August, an evening of free LGBTQ+ art and politics, at the Manchester Central Library on Friday 23rd August from 6pm.
Burnley’s Lesbian Liberator, by Abi Hynes, dramatises the political activism of Mary Winter, a bus driver who was sacked for nothing more than wearing a ‘Lesbian Liberation’ badge and was unsupported by her trade union. She fought back against her employers in 1978 using a network of women’s groups across the UK, and staging a demo outside the Burnley Bus Station, one of the first of its kind on this issue.
Tickets are free.