A Haunted Existence Tom Marshman ”The judge said it was appalling that a town like Taunton should exhibit as many cases of homosexual crime ….The answer was not that thepopulation of Taunton is more debased than other groups of the community, but that once vice got established it spread like a pestilence and unless held in check,threatened to spread indefinitely" - News of the World 1954 Join Tom Marshman in a special performance blending creative technology, music and projection as he retraces the forgotten true story of a young local man who was arrested for gross indecency. In the early 1950s 17-year-old Geoffrey Patrick Williamson was on the Exeter to Bristol train when he approached a plain clothed railway officer. This pass lead to Williamson being arrested: on questioning, Williamson revealed the names of men he had had sex with, beginning a domino effect of 17 arrests, prison, aversion therapy and suicide. A Haunted Existence highlights the turmoil, stigma and heartbreak of this experience by weaving together history and hearsay to tell the story of Britain’s very recent, shameful past. ABOUT THE PERFORMER The show is a one-hour solo show performed by Tom Marshman with multiple projections- developed through an ongoing residency at Pervasive Media studio, audio recordings and idiosyncratic movement. Funded by Arts Council and Heritage Lottery with support from Bristol Old Vic. The show was commissioned and staged for 8 sold out nights at Bristol’s Old Police Station at The Island from 13-23 September. Developed in collaboration with historian Jeanie Sinclair, the performance weaves together found information and creative response, to a real life court case that took place in 1954 in the west Country, through rigorous historical research, retracing the steps of the men involved in the case and a séance the show transports the audience into the world of 1950 in a world of post war England where homosexuality is a crime and men are being witch hunted and living a haunted existence.