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Dungeness by Chris Thompson

Dungeness by Chris Thompson

Fifty years on from the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England, Chris Thompson wanted to write a play about the struggles and the joy of being gay. In a remote part of the UK, where nothing ever happens, a group of teenagers share a safe house for LGBT+ young people. While their shared home welcomes difference, it can be tricky for self-appointed group leader Birdie to keep the peace.

The group must decide how they want to commemorate an attack that happened to people like them in a country far away. How do you take to the streets and protest if you’re not ready to tell the world who you are? If you’re invisible, does your voice still count? A play about love, commemoration and protest.

Cast Size: 9 (plus a choir)

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson’s work for theatre includes Of Kith and Kin at Sheffield Theatres and the Bush; Albion at the Bush; and Carthage at the Finborough.

He has won a Pearson Playwrighting Award and was nominated for Best New Play and Most Promising New Playwright in the Offie awards. He was the Channel 4 Playwright in Residence at the Finborough Theatre in 2014. In 2013 he took part in the Kudos/Bush Initiative and the Royal Court Invitational Group.