In a world tainted by bigotry and injustice, this is a tale of acceptance, survival and love, featuring the songs of Marc Almond and Soft Cell.
What's all this about a workshop showcase performance?
We've been dying to tell you all about this. We're putting on a show. Well, a workshop showcase to be exact. It's exhausting but very exciting; and we want you to be part of this phase of our development.
The "taint" of the title is the timeless "taint" of the world - the recurrent desire to identify and isolate scapegoats, to bully minorities, to oppress, violate or eradicate those who do not conform.
We see a background of war and anti-semitism in the 1940s, unchallenged racism and queer-bashing in the 1970s - and the long shadow of HIV-AIDS and the state-sponsored bigotry of Section 28 in the late 1980s.
We all need at least one truly accepting, safe place. Timeless and ageless, tough and tender, firm but fair, outspoken bar manager Marcia presides over just such a place – a basement space in Soho where everyone and anyone can be themselves, whether it be the 1940s, 1970s, the 1980s or in this troubled new millennium of ours.
The name of the place may change – Le Grand Guignol, Gutter Hearts, The Pink Flamingo - but the ethos never will. There is no prejudice accepted here, no hatred and no blame. Just love, acceptance and friendship - with added dancing, laughing, drinking and loving. Welcome to Soho. Welcome to Marcia's bar!