Launch of Londons largest heritage festival and the extraordinary play-Production #Liberty that for the first time in 80 plus years tells the true story based on real historical evidence of how the LGBTQ and Civil rights movement was established in 1930s Britain and its leader Kath Duncan whose 2 jail terms laid the ground work for The National Council Civil Liberties ( Liberty today ) and the freedoms we ALL enjoy TODAY.
The 3rd International Deptford Heritage festival will be Londons largest Heritage festival from 1-28 February 2019 and will encompass the global #LGBTQ history month.
The Deptford heritage festival brings together the countries leading experts on the people whose lives in Deptford from Lord Nelson, Christopher Marlowe , Peter the Great, MacMillan Sisters, Kath Duncan, Olaudan Equiano have not just shaped Deptford history but whose impact has been felt Internationally.
Traditionally held over the first bank holiday in May , The Deptford Heritage Festival brings together huge numbers , schools, local residents of all ages and diversity , community groups, choirs, artists, writers, performers, poets, musicians, historians like no other festival to celebrate community , working class history and the people who have shaped all of our lives during their time in Deptford and in a period in our history in which Gentrification seems to be growing rapidly without any thought of its impact on the areas awesome heritage , identity , sense of community and its place and importance in world history.
Liberty, the book and Now a highly acclaimed play, being staged by the newly reformed 1930s local Theatre company, The Red Blouse Theatre , telling the true story of how the LGBTQ and Civil Rights movement was established in Deptford and lead by the most important Scot and UK civil rights activist past 100 years Kath Duncan in 1930s Britain which laid the ground work for The National Council Of Civil Liberties will be staged with an all star Gender fluid International cast.
It does seem extraordinary that whilst most people would in part be aware of Nelson Mandela , South Africa, Martin Luther King and Stonewall USA and Gandhi India , you will be hard pressed to find any one in the Uk including Human and Civil rights lawyers, aware of how the LGBTQ and Civil rights movement was fought and won here in London , and in the year in which we celebrate 100 years of Women activism, is it not time Kath Duncan the most successful activist of her time is bought out of the shadows ? is it just that her gender, her sexuality, her class, her politics have insured that the past 80 plus years her heroism has been until this book and play almost erased from History?.
Tickets for Liberty cost £15 and give you free access to ALL other festival events ( except the History Tour Bus )
The Opening night celebrity gala 14 February 2019 Valentines day will be a tribute to the Countries leading inspirational Women who are activists TODAY and although this is NOT a musical one of the songs from the play Forbidden Love between the two gay characters in the play whose 5th jail term a total of 12 years for looking gay lead to the events in this extraordinary play- production Staring Emily Carding as Kath Duncan and Alex Reid as Fred Copeman will be £25
All profits from the Festival will fund a School Holiday Project that keeps kids fed and safe during the school holidays, run by the local community the project gets no state or council funding despite its growing need.
Tickets on sale Now with SeeTickets and Ticket Sauce and make fantastic Christmas presents that if you buy for Opening Gala also double over as Valentines day gifts.
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A long overdue biography of Kath Duncan , The Last Queen of Scotland has been written by Ray Barron-Woolford and will be published by New York Publisher Austin McCauley in 2019 .
www.InsideFilm.org are about to go into production of a film about Kath Duncans life based on this play Liberty and Ray Barron-Woolford biography of her . Contact them direct to get involved.
The Festival and the Platy Liberty are still looking for Sponsorship so more of the funds raised can go directly t to this kids project.
by Raymond Barron-Woolford