Play based on the life of Anne Lister

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HLGBT Performing Arts York have produced The Anne Lister Play, a modern re-enactment of Anne Lister’s life, reflecting the present day lesbian community of Yorkshire. Anne Lister was openly lesbian in Yorkshire during the 18th and 19th centuries. More details about her can be found in the BBC article The life and loves of Shibden Hall’s Anne Lister.

The play is to take place at 19:00 on Wednesday 19 November at Monroe’s Showbar, and will be followed by a short question and answer session by Helena Whitbread, Lister’s biographer. The play will also feature in next year’s York LGBT History Month programme. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the HLGBT Performing Arts York blog.

The Anne Lister Play

The poster for The Anne Lister Play.

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Ynda is a PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London researching queer and genderqueer speech. They established York LGBT History Month in 2014 while working at York St John University. They then developed it into an independent organisation, and served as Lead Coordinator from 2014 to 2016, which included overseeing its registration as a charity. They now remain vaguely involved from a distance. During their seven years in York, Ynda also studied at both of York’s universities and served periods as secretary of York Pride and York LGBT Forum. They also founded Non-binary London and are involved in Bar Woetever and Everyday Cissexism. They write about queer matters on their website.

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