‘The Stars are Brighter Here’ – performing at the MERL

The Stars Are Brighter Here is a Turn of Phrase production by Timothy Allsop based on oral testimony from interviews with LGBTQIA+ people from across the UK. On a site-specific journey through different parts of the museum, including the galleries and garden*, you will get to meet modern and historical characters and hear some of their stories and experiences. The historical elements are mostly drawn from work done by Pride in Suffolk’s Past and Broken Futures. From nineteenth century archaeologists to Betty’s nightclub, this play will show you that there has always been a queer presence in the countryside.

Directly after the performance, there will be a screening of a documentary film. Please note that some of the names have been changed and some elements adapted to protect the anonymity of some of our participants.

The play is scheduled to last approximately 1 hour and will move through indoor and outdoor spaces.  Seating is not provided at stopping points but a limited number of folding gallery stools are available.  If you have any access requirements please indicate this on the Eventbrite booking form.


Wednesday 7th July: 2pm
Thursday 8th July: 11.30am and 2pm
Friday 9th July: 11:30am and 2pm
Saturday 10th July: 11:30am and 2pm
Tuesday 13th July: 2pm
Wednesday 14th July: 2pm

Show duration: approx. 55 minutes.

Film Duration: approx. 10-12 minutes

The Stars Are Brighter Here is part of Queer Rural Connections.

With thanks to The MERLMuseum of East Anglian LifeBroken FuturesTORCH and Suffolk Archives.

We are supported by Arts Council England and TORCH as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme.

Thanks to Kira Allmann for the artwork.

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