Sole Purpose Productions 25 Years:

Festival of Theatre for Social Change 

And Kabosh Theatre Company



Written by Dominic Montague

Directed by Paula McFetridge


This gut-wrenching political play follows the lives of Bridget, Helen, Martin, Jason, and Tommy - five gay/lesbian people who sought sanctuary and community through the CaraFriend Gay Switchboard – a phoneline dedicated to supporting our hidden LGBTQ+ community in the 1970s.


Charged with the music of the day, and set amidst a storm of anti-gay headlines, Callings dives deep into the struggle for survival which queer people faced on a daily basis, and charts the progress of LGBTQ+ rights at a pivotal moment in our history.


Callings explores how these bright and lively individuals found themselves and each other during oppressive times. In an era when the government attempted to quash their right to love, this group’s sheer existence was an act of resistance and joy.


From rallying against the Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign to celebrating the right to exist won through the Dudgeon vs UK trial, Callings looks at the historical challenges faced by LGBTQ+ communities, and celebrates just how far we’ve come.


This performance was funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and the Garfield Weston Foundation. In association with Carafriend NI & Outcomers.


The Festival of Theatre for Social Change was funded by Derry City and Strabane District Council Headline Events Fund.


 Audience Responses: 


“Callings was amazing. It took me back to the early days of coming out and brought back so many memories. I was involved with the Derry branch of the helpline and the writer caught the reality of the callers so well. A tremendous cast. Comedy, tragedy and reflection was delivered to the audience. The energy of the people involved shone through the performers portrayal. A great night!”

“Inventive format. Authentic, believable performances. Well done everyone.”

“Wonderful insight into the early days of  Cara Friend. Brilliantly performed.”

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