‘Friends of Dorothy’ was joyous.
Presented by newly formed community theatre group, Ghostlight Theatre Co., as part of the Anywhere Festival, ‘Friends of Dorothy’ is a proud musical journey through the history of the LGBTQIA+ community from the 1950’s to the present.
The title of the show is inspired by an infamous question whispered to identify fellow members of the LGBTQIA+ community at a time when discretion was paramount – “Are you a friend of Dorothy?”.
One of the main theories of how this phrase came to be is that it was due to the classic film ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in which the innocent Dorothy goes on a perilous journey with her newfound friends to visit the Wizard who has the power to grant their wishes, and along the way they discover their true selves. In an era when homosexuality was not acknowledged and being identified as gay or queer could be incredibly dangerous, this resonated with the LGBTQIA community, and they felt that the character of Dorothy was someone who reflected their own struggles and obstacles. This show has a cheeky nod to that iconic character intertwining the past with the present.
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