A NEW comedy drama exploring a gay Londonderry man’s support for the miners’ strike in the 1980s runs at The Playhouse Thursday (October 3) to Friday (October 4).
Written by Londonderry man Micheál Kerrigan with script development by Patricia Byrne and Mary Connors, it then tours to the Alley Theatre, Strabane on Friday (October 11).
It follows the story of a young gay man, Sean, who leaves Londonderry in the 1980′s at the height of the Troubles. After coming out in London he becomes involved in the Gay Community’s support of the miners’ Strike.
Two Welsh miners move in with Sean and his partner not realising they are a gay couple. The events that unfold impact on all their lives.
‘Pits and Perverts’ is an uplifting true story about the birth of the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM).
Mr Kerrigan was involved in the LGSM group which was set up to support the miners and their families in South Wales.
The group became the largest fundraisers for miners in South Wales raising in excess of £22,000.
Directed and produced by Patricia Byrne for Sole Purpose Productions in association with The Rainbow Project, this touching and funny drama is based on real events that took place during Thatcher’s leadership.
Although the events around the miner’s strikes are well documented, this part of history and the struggle by the miners and their families in South Wales is generally unknown.
Micheál commented: “This is an untold story. Everyone remembers the strikes but few people knew of the gay community’s support for the miners.
“The play also looks at the parallels of the Northern Ireland situation, the miners strike and the struggle for gay rights. The story is a powerful one which illustrates the path that led to LGBT rights being brought to the forefront of Trade Union equality legislation.”