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Callings follows five queer people who found sanctuary and community on the other end of the phone by seeking solace in Cara-Friend – a befriending service set up in the 1970’s to support the many hidden LGBTQ+ individuals across the north of Ireland.

“There’s queers in every county, homosexuals in the every hamlet, gays in every gable. And tonight you’ll be talking to some of them.”

As the 70’s rage on, the telephone rings…

Callings follows five queer people who found sanctuary and community on the other end of the phone by seeking solace in Cara-Friend – a befriending service set up in the 1970’s to support the many hidden LGBTQ+ individuals across the north of Ireland.

Charged with the music of the day, and set amidst a storm of anti-gay headlines, Callings delves deep into the struggle for survival our queer communities faced on a daily basis.

Callings poignantly and powerfully expresses how even simple acts of connection can change the course of a life, and how during oppressive times, a gang of bright and brilliant queer people crafted community to save themselves and each other.

In an era when the government attempted to quash their right to exist, these moments of connection were an act of resistance and rebellion.

From rallying against the Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign to revelling in the right to exist won through the Dudgeon vs UK trial, Callings looks back at the historical challenges faced by LGBTQ+ communities, and celebrates just how far we’ve come.

“Someone out there has been plucking up the courage for god knows how long, tonight they’ll pick up the phone and you’ll be there for them….’

Callings is presented in partnership with Cara-Friend. Kabosh is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and the Foyle Foundation.

Suitable for: 14+

Directed by: Paula McFetridge

Written by: Dominic Montague

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Wed, 02 Oct 2024 8:00 - 9:10pm
Thu, 03 Oct 2024 8:00 - 9:10pm
Fri, 04 Oct 2024 8:00 - 9:10pm
Sat, 05 Oct 2024 3:00 - 4:10pm
Sat, 05 Oct 2024 8:00 - 9:10pm
Sun, 06 Oct 2024 3:00 - 4:10pm

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