Poster for transgender play Ah Men 'unsuitable' for The Point, Eastleigh

Poster for transgender play 'unsuitable' for theatre

BANNED: Director Lynne Paris with the original poster.

BANNED: The replacement poster.

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IT is an eye-catching image aimed at summing up the experiences of a wife whose husband changed gender.

But theatre bosses are refusing to display a poster of a man in women’s underwear in their window – even though it promotes a musical they are to stage.

The image shows a man and woman wearing women’s lingerie. But The Point in Eastleigh instead chose a poster featuring a fullyclothed female actor to advertise the play – claiming it is “more suitable for the venue”.

The decision has been described as an “over reaction”

by the director of the musical, which is called Ah Men.

Lynne Paris wrote the play based on her own experiences after learning that her husband – a public servant working in Hampshire – wanted to become a woman.

She said: “They must think it is too provocative for people in Eastleigh.

“It’s not like the people in the picture are showing anything they should not be showing. I can’t see why anyone should feel this is offensive.”

Lynne, who hopes the play will help other women and children in the same situation, said a council-run venue in Guildford displayed the poster without any complaints and added: “I would have thought Eastleigh would have been an easy audience because I know how many transsexuals and transvestites are on the south coast.

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Relevant “The actors are not happy that we are having to change the poster. The graphic is very relevant to the storyline. I think that The Point are over-reacting.”

Sections from the show will be used at the end of Eastleigh’s Mardi Gras Festival, which is organised by Chris Thomas, with the cast due to perform a number of “family friendly”

songs as a grand finale to the two-day extravaganza in September.

“I don’t have a problem with the poster in any way,” Mr Thomas said.

“The mardi gras is designed to appeal to everyone from one to 100 regardless of race, gender or anything else.”

Bosses at The Point say they used an alternative image in agreement with the play’s producers. Artistic director Owen Calvert- Lyons said: “As a venue with a large programme of family events and workshops we felt that the company’s alternative poster image was more suitable for the venue.

“This was agreed with the company and the posters were subsequently put up in the main foyer and window display area.”

The musical will be performed on September 15.

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11:32am Thu 29 Aug 13

sotonboy84 says...

In my opinion it is too provocative for the type of theatre that the play is being staged at. It's nothing to do with it being a man in underwear as images of women scantily clad in underwear would get a different reaction that the play must be smutty or making women into sex symbols.

The play itself is what's important and not some shock tactic poster. It's a shame the writer herself can't see this instead of making a fuss.
In my opinion it is too provocative for the type of theatre that the play is being staged at. It's nothing to do with it being a man in underwear as images of women scantily clad in underwear would get a different reaction that the play must be smutty or making women into sex symbols. The play itself is what's important and not some shock tactic poster. It's a shame the writer herself can't see this instead of making a fuss. sotonboy84
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11:53am Thu 29 Aug 13

userds5050 says...

Nice bit of free publicity I suppose. Not sure what the venue thinks about being made to look prudish. Doubt Ms Paris will be invited back any time soon.
Nice bit of free publicity I suppose. Not sure what the venue thinks about being made to look prudish. Doubt Ms Paris will be invited back any time soon. userds5050
  • Score: 3

11:53am Thu 29 Aug 13

dango says...

Isn't Eastleigh a 'Liberal' constituency?
Isn't Eastleigh a 'Liberal' constituency? dango
  • Score: 5

12:29pm Thu 29 Aug 13

ToastyTea says...

If the Mayflower could display big billboard posters of the play they were doing a year or so ago with a load of fat old women half naked on it (from loose women or some rubbish) being covered by a piano, I hardly see the problem with these posters, it's hardly offensive.
If the Mayflower could display big billboard posters of the play they were doing a year or so ago with a load of fat old women half naked on it (from loose women or some rubbish) being covered by a piano, I hardly see the problem with these posters, it's hardly offensive. ToastyTea
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12:45pm Thu 29 Aug 13

Ozmosis says...

Where are the "Lad's Mags" brigade when you need them? Come on ladies, you were very vocal about Nuts and Loaded, so why not this?
Where are the "Lad's Mags" brigade when you need them? Come on ladies, you were very vocal about Nuts and Loaded, so why not this? Ozmosis
  • Score: 2

8:52pm Thu 29 Aug 13

Positively4thStreet says...

ToastyTea wrote:
If the Mayflower could display big billboard posters of the play they were doing a year or so ago with a load of fat old women half naked on it (from loose women or some rubbish) being covered by a piano, I hardly see the problem with these posters, it's hardly offensive.
Agree.The picture is no more"provocative"tha
n one that might be seen in the pages of a home shopping catalogue.OK,one of the figures is male,but how does that make it offensive?The British attitude to sex,falls somewhere between the Victorian era,and a "Carry on"movie.In Continental Europe,this story would just be laughed at,indeed it wouldn't even be,a story.
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: If the Mayflower could display big billboard posters of the play they were doing a year or so ago with a load of fat old women half naked on it (from loose women or some rubbish) being covered by a piano, I hardly see the problem with these posters, it's hardly offensive.[/p][/quote]Agree.The picture is no more"provocative"tha n one that might be seen in the pages of a home shopping catalogue.OK,one of the figures is male,but how does that make it offensive?The British attitude to sex,falls somewhere between the Victorian era,and a "Carry on"movie.In Continental Europe,this story would just be laughed at,indeed it wouldn't even be,a story. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 1

8:50am Fri 30 Aug 13

froots says...

Ozmosis wrote:
Where are the "Lad's Mags" brigade when you need them? Come on ladies, you were very vocal about Nuts and Loaded, so why not this?
They can't condone men in women's underwear, or they might catch gayness, of course!
[quote][p][bold]Ozmosis[/bold] wrote: Where are the "Lad's Mags" brigade when you need them? Come on ladies, you were very vocal about Nuts and Loaded, so why not this?[/p][/quote]They can't condone men in women's underwear, or they might catch gayness, of course! froots
  • Score: 0

8:50am Fri 30 Aug 13

froots says...

Ozmosis wrote:
Where are the "Lad's Mags" brigade when you need them? Come on ladies, you were very vocal about Nuts and Loaded, so why not this?
They can't condone men in women's underwear, or they might catch gayness, of course!
[quote][p][bold]Ozmosis[/bold] wrote: Where are the "Lad's Mags" brigade when you need them? Come on ladies, you were very vocal about Nuts and Loaded, so why not this?[/p][/quote]They can't condone men in women's underwear, or they might catch gayness, of course! froots
  • Score: 0

3:32pm Mon 9 Sep 13

From the sidelines says...

dango wrote:
Isn't Eastleigh a 'Liberal' constituency?
It is. But 'liberal' in this sense has been utterly corrupted by a group of busybodies who want to control every aspect of your life and your thoughts.

Welcome, comrade.


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[quote][p][bold]dango[/bold] wrote: Isn't Eastleigh a 'Liberal' constituency?[/p][/quote]It is. But 'liberal' in this sense has been utterly corrupted by a group of busybodies who want to control every aspect of your life and your thoughts. Welcome, comrade. . From the sidelines
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