Square Chapel Arts Centre is celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month with a series of live events and special film screenings

During February 2020, Square Chapel Arts Centre is celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month with a series of live events and special film screenings.

LGBT History Month is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBT community.


The programme of events Square Chapel has on for audiences includes:

This is Not a Safe Space

Jackie Hagan was annoyed at television programmes like ‘Benefits Street’ and ‘Undateables’ seen to portray working-class and disabled people as one-dimensional idiots. So she had a cup of tea and a chat with 80 people living on disability benefits and in this show, plays audio excerpts of those chats interwoven with poetry, comedy, puppetry and storytelling, drawing on her own visceral experience of growing up in Skelmersdale on a council estate, stays in psychiatric hospitals, the utter stupidity of PIP forms and the joys of signing on in 2019. Sensitive and witty, she also downs a pint out of her false leg if you’re good. Audiences can see this new theatre piece on Saturday 15 February from 8pm.


The Tempest + Christopher Biggins Q&A

On Thursday 13 February from 7:00pm audiences can see The Tempest, a film directed by Derek Jarman and starring Toyah Willcox and Christopher Biggins. The film will be followed by an in conversation with the English stage and screen actor, Christopher Biggins who is best known for his role as Lukewarm in the BBC sitcom Porridge. Fans can expect an entertaining evening from this national treasure.

Jubilee + Toyah Willcox Q&A + gig

From punk princess to cult stage actress, Toyah Willcox is a uniquely gifted performer. She is one of Britain’s beloved household names – an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved stage and screen actress and music composer. Toyah has amassed thirteen top 40 singles, recorded twenty-five albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays, acted in over twenty feature films and presented hundreds of television programmes.

On Saturday 1 February from 4.45pm the arts centre will start will screen the film Jubilee starring Toyah Willcox and directed by Derek Jarman, followed by a Q&A hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins. The night will end with a live gig from Toyah and her band.

Fitting by Matt Miller

Wear a dress and people treat you one way. This new theatre piece is part theatre show, part magic show. Fitting follows artist, Matt Miller’s adventures in dresses and suits, visibility and invisibility, and finding new places to fit. This is a theatrical genderqueer glamour fest, sprinkled with magic and ready to mess with your binaries. Theatre goers can see this performance at Square Chapel for one night only on Thursday 6 February at 8pm.

Guy: The Musical

Finding love isn’t easy being fat, gay and nerdy. Luckily for Guy, he can be anybody online… including his best friend. The award-winning GUY is Queer as Folk meets Bridget Jones with a cat-fishing electronic-pop musical twist.  Head to Square Chapel on Wednesday 12 February from 7:30pm to join Guy who’s not the only one with a big reveal!


For information and to book tickets for these films and theatre shows, visit Squarechapel.co.uk or call the box office on 01422 349422.