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The Drill Hall, Chepstow

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"The judge said it was appalling that a town like Taunton should exhibit as many cases of homosexual crime ....The answer was not that the population of Taunton is more debased than other groups of the community, but that once vice got established it spread like a pestilence and unless held in check, threatened to spread indefinitely" - News of the World 1954

Join Tom Marshman in a special performance blending creative technology, music and projection as he retraces the forgotten true story of a young local man who was arrested for gross indecency. In the early 1950s 17-year-old Geoffrey Patrick Williamson was on the Exeter to Bristol train when he approached a plain clothed railway officer. This pass lead to Williamson being arrested: on questioning, Williamson revealed the names of men he had had sex with, beginning a domino effect of 17 arrests, prison, aversion therapy and suicide.

A Haunted Existence highlights the turmoil, stigma and heartbreak of this experience by weaving together history and hearsay to tell the story of Britain’s very recent, shameful past.

“As tongue-in-cheek as it is heartbreaking and the result is a one-man show which is quite remarkable.”
Bristol Post ****

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The Drill Hall

Lower Church Street


NP16 5HJ

Written and Performed by Tom Marshman

With original music by Kid Carpet

Produced by Jo Kimber

Film and Projection by Paul Samuel White with support from Leon Trimble

A Haunted Existence is a co- production with The Island. Supported by Watershed, Strike a Light, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Performance Space, Coombe Farm Studios, Dartington Hall Trust and funded by Arts Council of England and Heritage Lottery fund with additional support from Bristol Old Vic Literary Department.

Supported at Drill Hall, Chepstow by Night Out - Arts Council of Wales, and Break & Bell

Venue is accessible to wheelchair users.


Doors 19:00, show starts 19:30.

Latecomers not allowed.

Disabled Access.

Pay bar.

Performance time: 60 minutes with no interval.

Age: 16+

Further info:

The show is a one-hour solo show performed by Tom Marshman with multiple projections- developed through an ongoing residency at Pervasive Media studio, audio recordings and idiosyncratic movement.

Funded by Arts Council and Heritage Lottery with support from Bristol Old Vic. The show was commissioned and staged for 8 sold out nights at Bristol’s Old Police Station at The Island from 13-23 September 2018.

Developed in collaboration with historian Jeanie Sinclair, the performance weaves together found information and creative response, to a real life court case that took place in 1954 in the west Country, through rigorous historical research, retracing the steps of the men involved in the case and a séance the show transports the audience into the world of 1950 in a world of post war England where homosexuality is a crime and men are being witch hunted and living a haunted existence.


Break and Bell