This event is part of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

The Campaign

A gripping, award-winning account of Tasmania's decades-long gay law reform campaign

“A brilliant piece of intimate and simultaneously joyful and gut-wrenching theatre.” – ArtsHub

In 1988 more than 100 arrests were made at Salamanca Market, when the Tasmanian Gay Law Reform Group defied a ban on a stall that featured petitions to decriminalise sexual activity between consenting adult males in private.

The arrests lit the spark for a campaign to change the Tasmanian law, which was 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.

From candid interviews with the people who were there, Campion Decent has fashioned a gripping account of Tasmania’s decades-long gay law reform campaign.

The Campaign traces the venomous parliamentary debates and public meetings, the individual acts of bravery and humour amidst the hurt, and the dogged march to a landmark United Nations ruling that had far-reaching repercussions in the Federal and Tasmanian Parliaments and the High Court of Australia.

Honest, raw and urgent, The Campaign won Best New Writing at the 2019 Tasmanian Theatre Awards, and chronicles a community’s journey from exclusion to inclusion, from opposition to acceptance, and from hatred to embrace.

The Campaign is part of the 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival.

Originally commissioned by Tasmanian Theatre Company.

Image credit: Roger Lovell

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When

Tuesday 11 February 2020 from 7pm to 8.30pm
Wednesday 12 February 2020 from 7pm to 8.30pm
Thursday 13 February 2020 from 7pm to 8.30pm
Friday 14 February 2020 from 7pm to 8.30pm
Saturday 15 February 2020 from 7pm to 8.30pm
Sunday 16 February 2020 from 5pm to 6.30pm
Tuesday 18 February 2020 from 7pm to 8.30pm
Wednesday 19 February 2020 from 7pm to 8.30pm
Thursday 20 February 2020 from 7pm to 8.30pm
Friday 21 February 2020 from 7pm to 8.30pm
Saturday 22 February 2020 from 7pm to 8.30pm
Sunday 23 February 2020 from 5pm to 6.30pm
Tuesday 25 February 2020 from 7pm to 8.30pm
Wednesday 26 February 2020 from 7pm to 8.30pm
Thursday 27 February 2020 from 7pm to 8.30pm
Friday 28 February 2020 from 7pm to 8.30pm

No interval. Lockouts apply.

Cost

Previews: $30.00
Full: $45.00
Senior: $40.00
Concession: $35.00
Under 30: $30.00
Industry: $30.00
Mardi Gras Member: $35.00

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