“Foul, Filthy, Stinking Muck”
seminar on LGBT Theatre of Project Arts Centre 1967-2000
“Foul, Filthy, Stinking Muck”: an Archival Study into the LGBT Theatre of Project Arts Centre 1967-2000
ACW MFA student Hannah Tiernan has organised an afternoon of talks and readings into this unexplored chapter in the history of LGBT theatre.
“Foul, filthy, stinking muck” was just one of the more colourful outcries against the 1976 Gay Sweatshop plays, Mister X and Any Woman Can. It was a time when men could be imprisoned for simply holding hands in public; a time when women had their children taken from them for revealing their sexuality; a time before AIDS; before Ireland’s first Pride march; before equal marriage and gender recognition. The 1976 presentation of the Gay Sweatshop plays was just the start of Project Arts Centre’s public support for the LGBTQ community. Over the following decades, it would go on to produce many works highlighting LGBTQ issues, proving to be one of the community’s strongest platforms in which to artistically portray their stories.
Developed as part of Project’s Active Archive/Slow Institution project, Hannah Tiernan’s current research looks at the LGBT theatre of Project Arts Centre from 1967 to 2000. Having conducted extensive archival research, she will reflect on how the documented works responded to social issues of the time and how they have influenced contemporary theatre practice. Her work will also consider the role of Project Arts Centre as an artist-led organisation at the forefront of presenting and producing cutting edge work within the context of LGBTQ activism.
This research will be delivered as part of a half-day symposium. The outline for the event will involve a talk to deliver the research, followed by readings from some of the featured plays. The afternoon will conclude with a panel discussion featuring leading academics and practitioners working within the field of drama and LGBTQ arts.
Image Credit – detail from publicity for Wet Paint (1990)
For more information please go tohttp://hannahtiernan.com/new-events/