A Haunted Existence

Come As You Are Festival

Thu 01 Jan 1970



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A Haunted Existence

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A man in the centre of a dark room places a record onto a record player while two men dance in the background.

A Haunted Existence

Part Of Come As You Are Festival

In the early 1950s, 17-year-old Geoffrey Patrick Williamson was on the Exeter to Bristol train when he got into a conversation with another man, also travelling in his train compartment, who accused Geoffrey of making ‘improper approaches’. The other man was a Railway Officer in plain clothes. Geoffrey was arrested at the next stop, Taunton. When questioned, Williamson revealed the names of men he had had sex with, so beginning a domino effect of arrests, prison sentences, aversion therapy and suicide.

A Haunted Existence weaves together history and hearsay to highlight turmoil, stigma and heartbreak and tell the story of Britain’s very recent, shameful past.

Come As You Are Festival

Get ready to celebrate and interrogate issues regarding gender and identity, from cis to trans and binary to beyond as Come As You Are Festival returns for a celebration of trans, non-binary, gender queer and LGBT theatre. Presented in association with Camden People’s Theatre.


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Venue: Exeter Phoenix, Auditorium

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