Tuesday 11 February from 7pm to 8:30pm Wednesday 12 February from 7pm to 8:30pm Thursday 13 February from 7pm to 8:30pm Friday 14 February from 7pm to 8:30pm Saturday 15 February from 7pm to 8:30pm Sunday 16 February from 5pm to 6:30pm Tuesday 18 February from 7pm to 8:30pm Wednesday 19 February from 7pm to 8:30pm Thursday 20 February from 7pm to 8:30pm Friday 21 February from 7pm to 8:30pm Saturday 22 February from 7pm to 8:30pm Sunday 23 February from 5pm to 6:30pm Tuesday 25 February from 7pm to 8:30pm Wednesday 26 February from 7pm to 8:30pm Thursday 27 February from 7pm to 8:30pm Friday 28 February from 7pm to 8:30pm
Seymour Centre presents The Campaign, an honest and raw retelling of the journey to repeal Australia’s most archaic anti-gay legislation, from 11 to 28 February as part of the 2020 Sydney Mardi Gras Festival.
In 1988, more than 100 arrests were made at Hobart’s popular Salamanca Market when the Tasmanian Gay Law Reform Group defied a ban to gather signatures on a petition to decriminalise sexual activity between consenting adult males in private.
The unprecedented and highly publicised arrests grew into Australia’s largest-ever gay rights civil disobedience, which began a campaign to change the Tasmanian law – the most draconian in the Western world in terms of its penalty and, by the time of its repeal, the last of its kind in Australia.
Based on personal testimony, parliamentary transcripts, media reports and archival sources from the people involved – including Rodney Croome, Nick Toonen and Christine Milne – The Campaign chronicles Tasmania’s journey from exclusion to inclusion, from opposition to acceptance, and from hatred to embrace.
From playwright Campion Decent (Unholy Ghosts, Three Winters Green), The Campaign won Best New Writing at the 2019 Tasmanian Theatre Awards.
As part of the season, the Seymour Centre will present a panel discussion on 19th February featuring Michael Kirby AC CMG, Rodney Croome AM and Julie McCrossin AM. Together they will discuss future battlegrounds, as well as the roles personal storytelling, strategic risk-taking and compromise play in achieving significant social and legal change. Tickets are available via the Seymour Centre website.