It is anticipated that this event will be full, so we have switched off further RSVPs on meetup beyond those that have already said they are coming. If you come but are not already on the list, we will try our best to welcome you - but cannot guarantee you a place.
You are advised to arrive allowing plenty of time before the event starts.
The event itself starts at 7.30pm, but representatives will be there from 6.30PM with literature, programmes, refreshments etc.
GALHA members and their friends have created for you a tour de force of scandalous, secular Victorian England, including obscene libel, parliamentary outrage, blasphemy, rampant republicanism, sexual innuendo and the mysterious Madame Blavatsky! As befits a grand humanist event, the cast includes 21st century campaigners Andrew Copson, Keith Porteous Wood and Terry Sanderson,
The Conway Hall Library will be open just before the play with a special exhibition highlighting the main personalities and issues covered.
A dramatisation by GALHA LGBT HUMANISTS of one of the most important trials of the 19th Century. In April 1877 Annie Besant,a campaigner for women's rights and the estranged young wife of a Church of England clergyman stood trial in London, in a cause celebre that revealed the full depths of Victorian prejudice before an international audience, for publishing an "obscene libel", a pamphlet advocating family planning and describing contraception. The Victorian establishment were scandalised by the fact that the pamphlet was sold for sixpence, and thus available to poor people.
Her co-defender was the most famous freethinker and republican of his day, Charles Bradlaugh, who at this time was President of the National Secular Society, and considered a brilliant orator and campaigner. Although the top legal brains of the day were directed against them, Bradlaugh and Besant chose to conduct their own defence unaided by counsel, and argued brilliantly for the freedom of the press, the importance of scientific and medical advances, and the need for the poor to have access to and knowledge of birth control in an age of overcrowding and extreme poverty. This play will give a dramatised account of the trial, the scandal that surrounded it and the way in which its outcome affected their relationship and wider society.
Fire and Brimstone Productions is a group of secularists and humanists and their friends who put on plays to highlight issues and personalities from our secular/humanist past.
More info about Charles Bradlaugh here http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/PRbradlaugh.htm
More info about Annie Besant here
Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh-both married-were rumoured to be having an affair. This scandalised much of Victorian Society.
THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR ADMISSION TO THIS EVENT. HOWEVER, A £5 DONATION IS REQUESTED.