Moving with the times
This project is an exploration of the Civil Rights Movement, Women’s Liberation Movement and also the Gay Rights Movement. Our unique performance examines and challenges heteronormativity throughout history in a 45 minute fusion of live drama, media and music. It also shines a light on the (sometimes) ordeal of ‘coming out’, while considering societal attitudes towards LGBTQ+ communities and the implications of being gay during the decades in question.
Harry Hay founded the Mattachine Foundation, in Los Angeles in 1950. The Mattachine Foundation was one of the first ever gay rights group. They coined the term “homophile,” which they considered far less clinical and focused on sexual activity than the term “homosexual. The Daughters of Bilitis (also known as DOB), a lesbian group founded by four lesbian coupleswho went on to publish a newsletter called The Ladder, was also established that same year. Deconstructing Decades touches upon the events leading to the formation of these two groups. It is a revue style production that also takes a satirical look at the popular culture of the decades of the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s & the 90s. It does while also examining the Civil Rights Movement and Women’s Liberation Movement, in addition to the Gay Rights Movement.