Callings

Callings

15th February 2022 – 26th February 2022

Written by Dominic Montague
Directed by Paula McFetridge

This poignant new political play follows the lives of Bridget, Helen, Martin, Jason, and Tommy – five gay/lesbian people who sought sanctuary and community through CaraFriend – a phoneline and befriending service set up in the 1970’s to support our hidden LGBTQ+ communities’. 

Charged with the music of the day, and set amidst a storm of anti-gay headlines, Callings delves deep into the struggle for survival which queer people faced on a daily basis and how even simple acts of connection can change the course of a life. 

Callings explores how these bright and resilient individuals found themselves and each other during oppressive times. In an era when the government attempted to quash their right to love, this group’s sheer existence was an act of resistance and joy. 

From rallying against the Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign to celebrating the right to exist won through the Dudgeon vs UK trial, Callings looks at the historical challenges faced by LGBTQ+ communities, and celebrates just how far we’ve come. 

Funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast CityCouncil and the Garfield Weston Foundation. In association withCarafriend NI &Outcomers. 

Booking Information:

15th – 17th FebruaryLyric Theatre BelfastBook Now
18th FebruaryCultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry~LondonderryBook Now
19th FebruaryThe Market Place Theatre, ArmaghBook Now
22nd FebruaryThe Ardhowen, EnniskillenBook Now
23rd FebruaryStrule Arts Centre, OmaghBook Now
24th FebrurayFlemington Community Centre, BalbrigganBook Now
25th FebruaryAn Táin Arts Centre, DundalkBook Now
26th FebruaryThe Riverside, ColeraineBook Now

Funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and the Garfield Weston Foundation. In association with Carafriend NI & Outcomers.