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The Campaign

Where
Seymour Centre
Seymour Centre
Corner of City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale NSW 2006
Reginald Theatre
When

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

Cost

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

"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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