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The Campaign

“I was arrested for being gay before I’d even danced with another man.” – Rodney Croome


For the first time, Tasmanian Theatre Company and Blue Cow Theatre in association with If Theatre and Salamanca Arts Centre are joining forces to produce the world premiere of an important Tasmanian story about the campaign for gay law reform in the 1980s and 90s.

In 1988 more than one hundred arrests were made at Salamanca Market when the Tasmanian Gay Law Reform Group defied a ban on a stall that featured petitions to decriminalise sexual activity between consenting adult males in private. The arrests lit the spark for a campaign to change a law in Tasmania that was the most draconian in the Western world in terms of its penalty and, by the time of its repeal, the last of its kind in Australia.

The Campaign, written by award-winning playwright, Campion Decent and directed by Matt Scholten, tells an historic and emotionally-charged story about real-life events that changed Tasmania for the better. Based on personal testimony, parliamentary transcripts, media reports, and archival sources from the people involved – including Rodney Croome, Nick Toonen and Christine Milne – The Campaign chronicles Tasmania’s journey from exclusion to inclusion, from opposition to acceptance, and from hatred to embrace.

Honest, raw and urgent, The Campaign features the talents of Robert Jarman, Melissa King, Ben Winckle, Alex Duncan and Rosemary Cann.

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The Campaign

Peacock Theatre
Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Tasmania, Australia

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