Kaleidoscope Trust hosts panel at new gay play
The Kaleidoscope Trust hosted a panel discussion yesterday after a performance of the Glass Protégé, a play about gay love in 1940s Hollywood. When young British actor, Patrick Glass, embarks on a scandalous gay love affair with his famous co-star, he starts to feel the full force of the studio's career-destroying muscle. Forty years later, as the truths of the past are uncovered, the true consequences of this 'unacceptable' romance come to light.
After the performance Peter Tatchell, prominent LGBT rights campaigner, and Jide Macaulay, British-Nigerian founder of the House Of Rainbow Fellowship, an inclusive and affirming religious community, joined some of the play's cast members to discuss themes arising from the play and how discrimination continues to affect LGBT people around the world today. Though the play is set in the 1940s, the panellists felt its themes resonate with many of today's realities. The discussion was led by Philippa Drew, Trustee of the Kaleidoscope Trust.
The Glass Protégé is a production of Giant Cherry Productions, established with the aim of bringing a new wave of new LGBT productions to the global film, theatre and television scene, and written by Dylan Costello. The play runs at the Park Theatre in London until 9 May 2015.