THIS SH*T HAPPENS ALL THE TIME
Black Box Green Room
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Loving someone shouldn’t come with a death threat…
A young woman falls in love. Her girlfriend’s jealous ex-boyfriend responds with threatening behaviour, then murderous intent. In 2019 he’d be arrested but in Belfast 1992 homophobic hate crime law doesn’t exist. Reporting incidents to the police about someone coming for you because you’re queer may not get you anywhere but in trouble.
This Sh*t Happens All the Time is an intimate one-woman play in development by Amanda Verlaque that draws on a personal story to explore the terrifying experience of queer baiting. Using first person narrative and reminiscences of queer life in the 90s, it asks why the privileges and protections granted to most of society remained disgracefully out of reach for Northern Ireland’s LGBT+ community and, with incidents of hate crime on the rise, challenges us to explore what still needs to change.
Performed by Nicky Harley
Amanda Verlaque is a TV drama producer who writes for stage and screen, including a commission to write the pilot episode of An Irish Country Doctor, based on the best-selling novel, and an original three-part drama about Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws. Her play The Party was performed as a rehearsed reading at Outburst 2018.