Rose Collis will be presenting a new illustrated talk, Player Kings and Queens: Equity Founders and Friends in LGBT History, at a special LGBT History Month event for entertainment union Equity.

Equity was formed in 1930 and its founding members included many major lesbian, gay and bisexual stage stars of the day, including Ivor Novello, John Gielgud and the union’s first female President Beatrix Lehmann.

Rose will share stories, ephemera and pictures of these major stage stars and their creative cohort, including the legendary ‘Tavistock Set’, presided over by Clemence Dane at her flat a mere stone’s throw from Equity’s current HQ and the Actor’s Church, Covent Garden, where plaques commemorating many of the ‘Set’ can be seen.

Sussex-based writer and performer Rose Collis was elected to the Equity national LGBT+ Equalities Committee in June 2017 and is best-known for her acclaimed plays and books featuring real-life LGBT personalities, including Trouser-Wearing Characters, Not Wanted on Voyage and Wanting The Moon, her one-woman play about Clemence Dane.

The event will be introduced by performer, presenter and London Night Czar Amy Lamé.

There will be wine and snacks on the night.

Player Kings and Queens, written and presented by Rose Collis, will be on Wednesday 28 February, 6.30pm, at Equity’s head office, Guild House, Upper St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9EG (Tube: Leicester Sq).

All are welcome — (including non-members).

Free event, but booking recommended.

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For more information, contact Ian Manborde

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