‘I didn’t, think I was gonna get that reaction at all. And just like sat there watching the pair of them thinking “I’m so scared... I’m so scared about this like, what’s gonna happen... here”’
Over the last 3 years Freddie Brook has gathered interviews from people across the UK and the world on their experiences of coming out to their friends, families and loved ones. Some interviewees came out in the 80’s, and some much more recently, some had a difficult time, and others didn’t. The whole range of experiences amounts to an entertaining yet poignant piece of theatre. ‘I, told my parents, it was like - “Oh that’s nice dear, put the kettle on”’
Freddie plays several parts in this piece, including a soldier who came out to his entire regiment in a very flamboyant way, a Christian who faced an extremely negative reaction from his parents and tried to run away from home, and even his partner’s Australian mother who raised a transgender child. He will be bringing those stories to life onstage in a powerful piece of new writing that highlights how far LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance has come across the world, whilst also recognising how much work there is still to do.
‘He told my mum that he would rather chop off his right arm, then have, a gay son’