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After The Act (Breach Theatre)

By | Published on Thursday 10 August 2023

Section 28 banned “the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”. Enacted in 1988, quietly repealed in 2003, Section 28 has been exhumed by verbatim technicians Breach in a superbly executed musical. Expect aching recollections and power ballads, pinsharp performances in pinstriped suits; and a horror that settles in the bones. “There is a pile of filth and it is shocking,” declares a campy, villainous Tory MP: Section 28 punctured public discourse to make the hatred of gay people newly ‘sayable’. Isn’t this pile of filth shocking? And isn’t the same salacious moral panic being whipped up against trans people today: a rehearsal for broader assaults on queer life and liberation?

Traverse Theatre, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Alexander Hartley]