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Gay Theatre is Great Theatre

Performing for the community for thirty years

Glinda South

The gay theatre group Homo Promos was founded in 1988 as a response to Section 28, which forbade councils from ‘intentionally promoting homosexuality’.

Section 28 got the chop in 2003, but all these years later Homo Promos marches on.

This website tells the story of its numerous productions, its community activities and its current plans.

Peter

Peter Scott‐Presland is the founder/director of Homo Promos and has written much of its material.

He has also been a journalist, historian, and songwriter, and is a compiler of crosswords.

Homo Promos Theatre Company has also received an International Award

To learn more about Homo Promos, explore the various pages of this website.

See our HP Shop page and the Digital Download of Coming Out - Ready or Not.

Stay in touch and get news of Homo Promos productions, and news and events for Paradise Press and Gay Authors Workshop by joining our Mailing List. Your details will be kept confidential and only used for this purpose.


LGBT+ Creative Writing Workshops - New Series

7 May 2024 to 28 May 2024 - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Old Diorama Arts Centre, Regent's Place, 201 Drummond Street, London NW1 3FE

Following the success of the April series in Westminster, we are running more workshops on four evenings in May in conjunction with Gay Authors Workshop.

We continue to focus on Flash Fiction, with a view to participants contributing to Flash Dances, the new anthology to be published by Paradise Press.

Flash Fiction attracts a lot of interest these days. They are tiny polished stories which create a complete world in miniature, in 600, 300 or even as few as 100 words. For new writers, the form of Flash Fiction is approachable and does not require nearly as much commitment as writing, for example, a full-length novel.

Nevertheless it is highly disciplined and every word has to tell something. Participants will also have the chance, If they wish, to read their work at a series of library events and to enter a Flash-writing competition judged by professional authors.

To enrol for this series, please go to Eventbrite.

Thanks to the generosity of supporters, we have raised enough to achieve the basics of publishing Flash Dances.

Our next challenge is to attract enough contributions (100 tales!) to make a great anthology, as well as to provide workshop inspirations for new and fledgling LGBT+ writers to become members of Gay Author's Workshop, and other literary projects.

We will also be developing self-confidence by having a 'roadshow' of new writing from the workshops, which will go to Hammersmith, City of London, Westminster and Southwark at the end of June through July. More details to follow.

LGBT+ Creative Writing Workshops - Third Series

6 to 27 June 2024 – 5:45 p.m. to 7.45 p.m.

We've had a very successful April series of creative writing workshops, and are well into the May series.

Most of our attendees from Series 1 have returned for Series 2, and they are very talented and lively. We have now set up our Third Series, for Thursdays in June, which will be at the Southwark Heritage Centre, near Elephant and Castle station.

We continue to focus on Flash Fiction, with a view to participants contributing to Flash Dances, the new anthology to be published by Paradise Press. Flash Fiction attracts a lot of interest these days. They are tiny polished stories which create a complete world in miniature, in 600, 300 or even as few as 100 words.

For new writers, the form of Flash Fiction is approachable and does not require nearly so much commitment as writing, say, a full-length novel. Nevertheless it is highly disciplined and every word has to tell something. Participants will also have the chance to read their work at a series of library events and to enter a Flash-writing competition judged by professional authors.

Important: We ask those who sign up for the course to commit to all four weeks.

To enrol for this series, please go to Eventbrite.

If you have any questions, please email info@homopromos.org

Forty for Forty
Flash Dances

We've discovered there's real talent and appetite for what is called micro-fiction; stories even shorter than flash fiction. 

Stories in six words are popular, for example ‘Met on Demonstration’, ‘Married’, ‘Still Protesting’.

In response to this we are instituting an additional prize in the Flash Dances competition. Forty for Forty will award a £40 prize for the best story under 40 words, i.e. £1 a word. That would have made Proust a millionaire!

If you're lured by this vast wealth and would like to submit your forty-word story, use this Submission Form.

Deadline for all submissions is 30 June 2024.

Flash Dances: 100 Little Queer Stories

Homo Promos director, Peter Scott-Presland, is joining forces with writer Stephanie Dickinson to edit Flash Dances: 100 Little Queer Stories for Paradise Press.

They invite any writers on the LGBT+ spectrum to contribute stories or narrative poems to this anthology of Flash Fiction, to be published late summer 2024. These do not have to be queer in content; any subject matter is acceptable. There are prizes too!


Home Fires

The video of the Cockpit performance of 1944: Home Fires is now available to view plus the Classic FM article about its cancellation at HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs.


Carl Davis RIP

Carl Davis (1936 - 2023) wasn’t only a brilliant composer of film and TV music, he wrote some great songs. 
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Hitched

On Friday 19 January 2024 at 8.40 a.m., composer Robert Ely wrote "leaving only the Wilde portrait illuminated", "ppp" and "Finis" at the end of the score for 2001: Hitched, the final section and epilogue of A Gay Century.

Hitched final bars

One of the most ambitious works of gay art, of queer theatre and indeed in the whole of opera, was finally completed. Seventeen episodes, seven and a half years' work and 19 hours 55 minutes of music.

Few outside Wagner have had such vision and scope. It is a unique achievement. We are insufferably proud of it. See A Gay Century to get the measure of this great cycle.