In 1988 more than one hundred arrests were made at Salamanca Market when the Tasmanian Gay Law Reform Group defied a ban on a stall that featured petitions to decriminalise sexual activity between consenting adult males in private. The arrests lit the spark for a campaign to change a law in Tasmania that was the most draconian in the Western world in terms of its penalty and, by the time of its repeal, the last of its kind in Australia.
The Campaign,written by award-winning playwright, Campion Decent and directed by Matt Scholten, tells an historic and emotionally-charged story about real-life events that changed Tasmania for the better. Based on personal testimony, parliamentary transcripts, media reports, and archival sources from the people involved – including Rodney Croome, Nick Toonen and Christine Milne –The Campaign chronicles Tasmania’s journey from exclusion to inclusion, from opposition to acceptance, and from hatred to embrace.
The Campaign was first produced by The Tasmanian Theatre Company and Blue Cow Theatre, in association with If Theatre and Salamanca Arts Centre premiering at the Peacock Theatre, Salamanca Arts Centre on October 23, 2018.