Written by Orla Egan
Gay Sweatshop, a London-based theatre group, performed a play Blood Green in Cork in October 1980.
Gay Sweatshop was established in 1975. Their aim was “to expose the media misrepresentation of the homosexual and to increase general awareness of the oppression of sexuality both homosexual and straight.” (Louise O Shea, Sapphic Stages: Irish Lesbian Theatre, 1974-2000, M.Phil Thesis, Women’s Studies, Trinity College Dublin, September 2000)
According to reports in In Touch, Gay Sweatshop played to “packed enthusiastic houses” in Cork but to small audiences in Dublin. The Junior Common Room in Trinity, where the performance was held, was broken into and the set damaged.