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Multiple Award-Nominated Team Behind West End Hit ‘SID’ and ‘KICKED IN THE SH*TTER’ present:
BORIS GOT BU**ERED & RAMAZANLAND IS FREEDOMLAND
Two short plays In Response To Homophobic Actions In Russia And The Chechen Region
Supported by Theatre Delicatessen
Just a few weeks ago frightening reports started filtering through regarding a mass purge of gay men in the Chechen region of Russia; at least one-hundred gay man kidnapped and held in a detention centres which are being described as a concentration camps. And more chilling still, that at least three men have been killed.
Accounts of men being beaten, humiliated, tortured with electricity have been given by men who have escaped these prisons, and threats to send men back to their families to be victims of “honour” killings have also been reported.
All of this has been largely ignored by the mainstream media, with only some of the mainstream press taking any interest at all.
And all this, just a few years after Russia made its gay propaganda law federal.
Leon Fleming and Scott Le Crass at 5Pound5 Theatre made a decision two weeks ago that this situation could not go unnoticed and in their anger at their own impotence have put together a production of two short plays by Fleming, directed by Le Crass.
The first, Boris Got Bu**ered was originally written in response to Russia’s gay propaganda law in summer 2013. The second, Ramazanland is Freedomland has been written especially by Fleming in response to the reports from Chechnya.
Boris Got Bu**ered and Ramazanland is Freedomland are being produced in association with and with generous support from Theatre Delicatessen.
This production of Boris for Bu***ered and Ramazanland is Freedomland is being put on to raise funds for Amnesty International UK.
Sir Ian McKellen (voice recording)
Producers: 5pound5 Theatre, Emma Blackman and supported by Theatre Delicatessen
Writer: Leon Fleming
Director: Scott Le Crass
Assistant Director: Justin Murray
Company Information: 5pound5 Theatre wants to give a platform to regional voices and to those who are not heard or understood
Friday 12 May
Post-show Q&A – Atrocities & Actions
A conversation about the recent atrocities in Chechnya and how we can act. The discussion will also focus on the actions Amnesty have taken out for both the gay men and journalists concerned.
The panel will include:
Simon Ware – Simon is the Chair of the Amnesty UK LGBTI Network that campaigns for the human rights of LGBTI people around the world. The network has over 8,500 members and is open to all to join. The organisation has been proactive in promoting the petitions on the Amnesty UK website asking the Russian authorities to end the abduction and killing of gay men, and also a petition to protect the journalists that broke the story.
Liz Barker – Baroness Barker joined the Liberal Party in the last seventies, when she also became a member of the Union of Liberal Students. The Liberal Democrats were the first party to support Equal Marriage. Liz came out during the Second Reading of the Equal Marriage Bill in June 2013 and has gone on to support a wide range of LGBT charities. In 2015, Liz was appointed as the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Voluntary Sector and Social Enterprise.
Jeremy Donovan (Chair) – Jeremy works with the LGBTQ Arts Review and is an actor, writer and fringe theatre producer. As part of his work in an LGBT+ capacity, Jeremy tours schools across the country for companies such as Diversity Role Models and Gendered Intelligence.
Saturday 13 May
Post Show Q&A – Community, Love & Activism
What people regard as community (do we even have one?) and what constitutes activism in these weird old times?
The panel will include:
Peter Tatchell – Peter Tatchell was born in Melbourne, Australia, and has been campaigning since 1967 on issues of human rights, democracy, civil liberties, LGBT equality and global justice. In 2009, he co-proposed a UN Global Human Rights Index, to measure and rank the human rights record of every country – with the aim of creating a human rights league table to highlight the best and worst countries and thereby incentivise governments to clean up their record and improve their human rights ranking. He coordinated the Equal Love campaign from 2010, in a bid to challenge the UK’s twin legal bans on same-sex civil marriages and opposite-sex civil partnerships. The following year, he organised four gay couples and four heterosexual couples to file a case in the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that sexual orientation discrimination in civil marriage and civil partnership law is unlawful under Articles 8, 12 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Dan Glass – Dan Glass is an activist, performer and writer who was named as one of Attitude Magazine’s LGBTQI campaigning role models + a Guardian ‘UK youth climate leader’. His recent programmes involve MC’ing ‘Shafted?!’ a speakeasy by people with HIV, the ‘Never Again Ever! Beyond UKIP Cabaret in Nigel Farage’s boozer And starting ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ – Vice article here ‘Meet the activists running London’s first Queer Tour’
Stewart Who (Chair) – Stewart was one of the founders of QX Magazine in the early ’90s, which he edited for nearly a decade. He has also written for Attitude, GT, Boyz and Time Out. He’s the current chair of Queer Question Time at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and has been a performer and DJ for 30 years. Stewart has also been a kitchen porter at Norbiton bus garage, an amateur strip contest judge, psychiatric nurse and drag host of a drugs information workshop called Drug Idle.