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“I was arrested for being gay before I’d even danced with another man.” – Rodney Croome

In 1988 more than one hundred arrests were made at Salamanca Market when the Tasmanian Gay Law Reform Group defied a ban on a stall that featured petitions to decriminalise sexual activity between consenting adult males in private. The arrests lit the spark for a campaign to change a law in Tasmania that was the most draconian in the Western world in terms of its penalty and, by the time of its repeal, the last of its kind in Australia.

From candid interviews with the people who were there, Campion Decent has fashioned a gripping account of Tasmania’s decades-long gay law reform campaign; the venomous parliamentary debates and public meetings, the individual acts of bravery and humour amidst the hurt, and the dogged march to a landmark United Nations ruling that had far-reaching repercussions in the Federal and Tasmanian Parliaments and the High Court of Australia.

Honest, raw and urgent, The Campaign chronicles Tasmania’s journey from exclusion to inclusion, from opposition to acceptance, and from hatred to embrace.

For the first time The Tasmanian Theatre Company and Blue Cow Theatre combine to tell this important Tasmanian story partnering with If Theatre & Salamanca Arts Centre.

Produced by  The Tasmanian Theatre Company and Blue Cow Theatre,
in association with If Theatre and Salamanca Arts Centre
Writer Campion Decent
Director  Matt Scholten
Set & Costume Designer  Matt Scholten
Lighting Designer  Nicholas Higgins
Composer/Audio Designer Heath Brown
Stage Manager Adam (Gus) Powers
Cast Alex Duncan, Rosemary Cann, Robert Jarman,  Mel King and Ben Winckle

Dates October 22 - November 3
Venue Peacock Theatre, Salamanca Arts Centre
Duration  100 minutes (no interval)
Patrons Advice Course language and adult themes

Image by Roger Lovell

The development of The Campaign was assisted by Playwriting Australia's Duologue program.

Monday 22nd October (invitation only opening night)
Tuesday 23rd October, 7.30pm
Wednesday 24th October, 7.30pm
Thursday 25th October, 7.30pm - Auslan Interpreted Performance
Friday 26th October, 8.00pm - Later Performance
Saturday 27th October, 2.00pm
Saturday 27th October, 7.30pm

Tuesday 30th October, 6.30pm - Earlier Start Performance
Wednesday 31st October, 7.30pm
Thursday 1st November, 7.30pm
Friday 2nd November, 8.00pm - Later Performance
Saturday 3rd November, 7.30pm