Stonewall Housing proudly presents the House of Stonewall Champions
AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT AND SCREENWRITER
Chris Thompson is an award winning playwright and screenwriter based in London and New York. His plays include Of Kith and Kin (Bush Theatre and Sheffield Theatre, directed by Robert Hastie), Albion (Bush Theatre, directed by Ria Parry), Carthage (Finborough Theatre) and Dungeness – a play about young LGBTQ+ people living together in supported housing. In his previous career Chris was a social worker and over the course of twelve years worked in child protection, youth offending and young people’s sexual health.
Chris and Bloomsbury Publishing are donating a percentage of all profits from Dungeness to Stonewall Housing.
We are just delighted that Chris agreed to join the House of Stonewall in the fight to end LGBTQ+ homelessness across the UK. Here Chris answers some of our questions about his play Dungeness and joining the House of Stonewall.
You are donating a percentage of the sales from your play Dungeness as well as bequeathing future royalties to Stonewall Housing in your will. Can you tell us a bit about the play?
Dungeness is a play about a group of young LGBTQ+ people living together in supported housing. The group must decide how they want to commemorate an attack that happened to people like them in a country far away.
How do you take to the streets and protest if you’re not ready to tell the world who you are? If you’re invisible, does your voice still count? It’s a moving comedy about commemoration, protest and love.
It’s been performed all over the country by different youth groups in schools, in colleges and community centres.
The reason I wrote the play is because I wanted to write something I wish that I had seen when I was at school. And nothing makes me happier than hearing how it’s helped tackle homophobia in schools or given LGBT+ young people the chance to see themselves on stage.
One thing I hadn’t expected was how the play would create its own community. There’s an amazing bunch of people who’ve been involved with the play and they all share that common experience.
Joining the House of Stonewall
How come you decided to join the House of Stonewall as one of our champions?
I volunteered for an LGBTQ+ homeless charity in Sydney, Australia 20 years ago, and I’ve been passionate about the cause ever since. I’m really honoured to be a House of Stonewall champion because Stonewall Housing does such important and needed work. Although there are certain laws to protect LGBTQ+ people un the UK, life for LGBTQ+ young people can still be hard and troubled. So we need to bridge the gap, and ensure people get the right help when they need it.
You're much stronger than you think you are.
Follow that rainbow flag and there will be more love than you thought possible, in the places you expected it least.
Comedy, protest and love.
The reason I wrote the play is because I wanted to write something I wish that I had seen when I was at school.
Thank you Stonewall Housing for the wonderful work you do.
A message of hope
Some of the people Stonewall Housing works with find it hard to see a positive future. What would you say to someone who is experiencing homelessness right now?
Things can be really overwhelming, and you might feel the obstacles ahead of you are impossible. But if you take things one day at a time, there is always hope. Even in your darkest times, try and find the small moments of joy in everyday life. You’re much stronger and resilient than you think you are, and there is progress and pride ahead of you. Follow that rainbow flag and there will be more love than you thought possible, in the places you expected it least. Loud, proud and no apology!
Purchase a copy of Chris' Play Dungeness
A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Stonewall Housing to help in the fight against LGBTQ+ homelessness in the UK