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Living With the Light On: Switchboard in the 70s

An exploration of the early history of the UK’s leading LGBT+ helpline.

Switchboard is the UK’s leading LGBT+ helpline, providing information and lending a reassuring ear to anyone who calls. Living with the Light On: Switchboard in the 70s is an exploration of the early history of the charity. Consisting of interviews, original music and archive material, the piece attempts to challenge the linear perception of LGBT+ history by exploring the revolutionary mood of the period before the HIV/AIDS epidemic came to dominate Switchboard’s work.

New Creatives is supported by Arts Council England and BBC Arts.

By Tom Foskett-Barnes

Interviewees: Lisa Power and Julian Hows
Vocals: Maya Britto
Actor: Jonathan Dryden Taylor

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14 minutes