On Railton Road

by Ian Giles & Louis Rembges

design by Peter Collins. Cover photograph © Ian Townson Archive


124 pages


ISBN 978-1-914237-16-4

In 1970s Brixton, these gays want to set the old world on fire. Casper wants to bomb WHSmiths. Daire wants to put on a play. Atom wants to knock down all the garden walls. Ned just wants to be with Philip and live on Railton Road forever.

Inspired by the pioneering gay men who squatted in a pre-Section 28 London. This landmark play includes a near-lost script by the Brixton Faeries, a street theatre group who shared their experiences with the wider public. Their mantra lives on forever: ‘Gay Is Good!’.

This playtext accompanies the 2023 production at the Museum of the Home between 31 Oct and 18 Nov.

Ian Giles works across film, performance and social practice, fostering new networks to record and celebrate LGBTQI+ histories and experiences. Upon graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art MFA in 2012 he was a LUX Associate Artist. His films and performances have been shown at galleries including: Whitechapel Gallery, Kettle’s Yard, NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, Stedelijk Museum, Chisenhale Gallery, Grand Union and Spike Island.

Louis Rembges is a Sheffield-born writer and actor living in London. He is a member of The Goat Exchange theatre company, performing with them in the UK and internationally. He is an alumnus of the Royal Court’s Intro to Playwriting Group and recipient of the BOLD 2023 Playwriting Prize for his play It’s Raining on Prom Night. His critically acclaimed play Chatham House Rules is also published by Polari Plays.

Amazing… a room filled with queer energy
Mark Ravenhill, playwright

An extraordinary achievement — a compelling study of alignment between marginalised people, and a total delight to experience
Jeremy Atherton Lin, author of Gay Bar: Why We Went Out

Richly layered and by turns hilarious and deeply affecting
Sam Ashby, editor of Little Joe magazine


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