Unfortunately, due to illness of one of the readers we have had to postpone tonight’s reading of Dear Love of Comrades. We will update as soon as possible

As part of LGBTQ+ History Month we are delighted to present a rehearsed reading of The Dear Love of Comrades (1979) by Noel Greig. The play is a study of Edward Carpenter, a pioneer for gay rights and socialism, the beginnings of the Labour movement and the ideas behind its creation. The reading will be followed by a Q&A with readers and members of the Gay Sweatshop.  

Produced in 1979 by Gay Sweatshop, a company with many links to the Borough of Lewisham, the play further consolidated the company as one of the leading radical theatre groups of the time, and offered new, ‘queer’ perspectives on history and the socio-political environment.  

Join us for this reading of the play:  

Thursday 23 March 6pm – 9pm   

Room 154, Richard Hoggart Building (RHB)   

Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW  

The event is free but tickets should be booked in advance from Eventbrite 


During the 70s and 80s Gay Sweatshop gave a voice to the gay communities – telling stories that questioned the mainstream narrative and bringing representation to theatres across the UK during a time in which gay people were demonised and marginalised. This reading is organised in collaboration with Unfinished Histories, an organisation devoted to recording the history of alternative theatre. There is more information on their website Gay Sweatshop Theatre Company – Unfinished Histories 

As part of the Sweatshop Revisited project the reading will be accompanied by background projections created by community participants.  

Noel Greig in The Dear Love of Comrades (image courtesy of Unfinished Histories)
Flyer for 1979 production (image courtesy of Unfinished Histories)

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