Just You, Me and the Silence
One night only Charity reading of new Ugandan playwright
Join us at a special one-night-only benefit reading of a new play by playwright Judy Adong about the injustice suffered by LGBT people in Uganda. Judy's powerful new play, 'Just Me You and The Silence' will be performed at London's Old Vic Theatre. Kevin Spacey, Artistic Director, has donated the historic theatre free of charge so that this important play can be seen in London. You can help Judy and support the campaign for equality and justice in Uganda by coming along and hearing how the unjust homophobic laws of the country destroy lives in this powerful new work.
'Just Me You And The Silence' is set in Kampala, and follows the tragic story of Jacob Obina, an ambitious politician and family man. The play portrays the injustice and persecution gay and lesbian people suffer in Uganda, a country currently tabling a law dubbed 'Kill The Gays' which would see a punishment of life imprisonment and even death for certain homosexual acts.
The play is a vivid reminder that it remains illegal to be gay in seventy eight countries, with the death penalty the ultimate punishment in five. The benefit reading is co-presented by the New York based organisation,Fuel | We Power Change, and The Kaleidoscope Trust, as part of our work to end the persecution of LGBT communities.
Tickets for this very special one off event are available now. Funds from the event will be directed at cultural projects and campaigns which aim to effect legal and social change for persecuted LGBT communities worldwide.
Praise for 'Just You Me and The Silence'
"This play has a powerful and thought-provoking message,” stated Lance Price, Executive Director of The Kaleidoscope Trust. “We are honoured to be a presenting partner of this important event. We thank Kevin Spacey, and the staff at The Old Vic for supporting Judy’s play, and for allowing the simple truth, that it should never be a crime to be gay, to be spread further.”
“The Old Vic's donation of its remarkable theatre for Judy's reading is an historic contribution to the global LGBT equality movement,” says Bridgit Antoinette Evans, President of Fuel, “one that has already inspired new sources of support for the courageous individuals and organisations working to promote human rights for all around the world”
The play has attracted strong support, with UK actress Naomie Harris stating: '‘Bravo to Judy for highlighting this very important issue and thereby, one hopes, encouraging a change of attitude on the part of the Ugandan government. Why should any government have the right to dictate who we, as sentient adults, choose to love?"
Frank Mugisha, leading Ugandan LGBT rights activist, has also given public support to the production, ''This play is an important cultural moment that will give voice to a section of society that is given too little chance to express itself creatively and openly."
Venue / Ticket Information
Show date and time: Sunday, September 30 at 7pm
Venue: Old Vic Theatre, The Cut, London, SE1 8NB
Tickets: £12 / £20 / £25 / £50
Book: www.oldvictheatre.com or by phone 0844 871 7628.