Gay Sweatshop

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Gay Sweatshop was a gay theatre group, founded in 1975.

Its founding members included Drew Griffiths, Alan Pope, Roger Baker, Alan Wakeman, Gerald Chapman, Laurence Collinson, John Roman Baker, Ed Berman, Philip Osment, Suresa Galbraith and Norman Coates.[1]

In 1975 Gay Sweatshop were invited to perform at the CHE conference in Sheffield. An Arts Council grant allowed them to put together Mister X, jointly written by the group and based on personal experiences and the book With Downcast Gays: Aspects of Homosexual Self-Oppression by Andrew Hodges and David Hutter. The play later went on tour.[1]

The company was wound up in 1981.


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