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From Wivenhoe, With Love

Scottee and Radical ESSEX present
From Wivenhoe, With Love
The life and times of Richard Chopping and Denis Wirth-Miller

2017 marks the 50th year since the partial decriminalisation of sex between men in England and Wales. In this significant anniversary year, Essex-based artist Scottee is producing a new series of performances focusing on the lives of two trailblazers who set the then sleepy fishing village of Wivenhoe alight. Artists Nando Messias, La John Joseph and Mem Morrison recollect the lives of the notorious couple in a performance made up entirely of local gossip, hearsay, speculation and distant memory.

Come listen to the factually incorrect, unrecorded histories of one of the county’s finest queer couples.

1pm: Upstairs at The Greyhound pub, 62 High St, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO7 9AZ

4pmWilliam Loveless Village Hall85-87 High St, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO7 9AB

7pmWivenhoe Bookshop23 High St, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO7 9BE

Download an area map showing the performance venues here

From Wivenhoe, With Love is an Unsung Stories commission from Heritage Open Days, England’s largest heritage festival (7 to 10 September)


Image copyright and courtesy of Jon Lys Turner archive

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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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