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Queer Clubbing in the 80s: Why You Need to See ‘King’s Cross (Remix)’


Gabrielle talks about an important new theatre show about a significant time in LGBT+ history.

At 8pm on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th April this week at the Wardrobe Theatre in Old Market, Tom Marshman will be performing his show, ‘King’s Cross (Remix)’. It’s an innovative piece about the LGBT+ people who lived, loved and danced during the 80s in London around King’s Cross. The piece is based on real people’s accounts of the time, and consists of both recordings of their voices and Tom himself paraphrasing their stories.

In the show, Tom plays the ‘conduit’, remembering boys who stuck up their hair with wood glue and women throwing brick sponges at Margaret Thatcher on TV. If you, like me, have ever had difficulty connecting with LGBT+ history, or finding your community, then I highly recommend making space to see this show. It’s the conversation we never got to have in school.

It’s about HIV and AIDS, and it’s about gorgeous boys in sailor costumes. It’s about trans women and belligerent landlords, promiscuity and revolution. From the still shocking, if now alien “public service” advert about AIDS to real footage of people on a night out at the Bell Pub, this show brings the recent past back to vivid, technicolour life.


It’s an hour long, and it’s funny, it’s heartbreaking, it’s romantic and it’s angry. If you liked ‘Pride’, or ‘Angels in America’, or if you’re just searching for a deeper understanding of the history of the LGBT+ community and its elder members, this is for you. Don’t miss it.

‘King’s Cross (Remix)’ will be performed by Tom Marshman at the Wardrobe Theatre at 8pm on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th April. Tickets are available for £8 at the Wardrobe Theatre website 

Want a safe space to talk about LGBT+ issues? Why not try Freedom Youth