Lesbian Laughs at City Museum

On Friday 11th May Clare Summerskill gave a talk and comedy performance at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery as part of the Pride in Our Past project, supporting the Pride in Our Past exhibition.

Clare Summerskill at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery 11th, May, 2012

Clare gave a very inspirational and educational talk about her work in the field of collecting oral histories from older lesbians and gay men. Then, using these recordings, produced plays where the actors play out the memories recorded to an audience. (Verbatim Theatre). Gateway to Heaven played to sell out audiences across the UK, was later commissioned by Age Concern to be made available on DVD and is still often played at LGBT history month events across the country.  The title is a play on words using the famous Gateways Club of the Kings Road in London and Heaven the UK’s first mega gay club, also in London.

Clare used her comedy talent to share excerpts from these recorded histories with accents and  expressions, making the talk itself a great fun for all who attended.

During the interval, guests were invited to view that Pride in Our Past Exhibition.

The second half of the show was made up of highlights from Clare’s stand up routine, with a selection of humorous songs inspired by ‘Lesbian Lifestyle’. There was genuine belly laughter from the audience, particularly the lesbians, while the straight people and gay men chuckled away and every one enjoyed the FREE evening.

One of the songs performed titled “I’m a We” about two lesbians that meet, fall in love and then start to look the same (of course, that never happens in real life!)

Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/prideinourpast

Visit the Project website: http://lgbt-history.prideinplymouth.org.uk/

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