Loading Events

« All Events


A Turn of Phrase production written and directed by Timothy Allsop
July 7 - July 14

Event Navigation

Booking Details

Cost: £10, Booking required

Book tickets


July 7
July 14
Various times
Event Category:


The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
+ Google Map
Poster for The Stars Are Brighter Here, written and directed by Timothy Allsop

The Stars Are Bright Here is a play by Timothy Allsop based on oral testimony from interviews with LGBTQIA+ people from across the UK. On a site-specific journey through different parts of the museum, you will get to meet modern and historical characters and hear some of their stories and experiences. The historical elements are mostly drawn from work done by Pride in Suffolk’s Past and Broken Futures. The play will take place in both indoor and outdoor settings. From nineteenth century archaeologists to Betty’s nightclub, this play will show you that there has always been a queer presence in the countryside.

Directly after the play, there will be a screening of a documentary film. Please note that some of the names have been changed and some elements adapted to protect the anonymity of some of our participants.

Dates & Times

Wednesday 7th July 2pm
Thursday 8th July 11.30am and 2pm
Friday 9th July 11:30am and 2pm
Saturday 10th July 11:30am and 2pm
Tuesday 13th July 11:30am and 2pm
Wednesday 14th July 11:30am and 2pm

Show duration: Approx. 55 minutes, Film Duration 10-12 minutes

This show is part of Queer Rural Connections.

With thanks to The MERL, Museum of East Anglian Life, Broken Futures, TORCH and Suffolk Archives.

We are supported by Arts Council England and TORCH as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme.

Thanks to Kira Allmann for the artwork.